What You’re Saying About the Supreme Court’s Affordable Care Act Ruling

by | Jun 27, 2015 | Health & Wellness

Compiled by Susan Larson

The Supreme Court’s 6-to-3 King vs. Burwell ruling on June 25 confirms the government is allowed to provide nationwide tax subsidies to help people buy health insurance.

Here’s what some of our local politicians had to say.

Senator Mark Warner (D)
“Today’s 6-3 decision preserves affordable health care coverage for more than 300,000 Virginians who purchased coverage through the federal exchange. This is the second time the nation’s highest court has validated our country’s important shift toward affordable and accessible health care for everyone. I consistently have said there are many ways we could improve the Affordable Care Act. I really hope today’s ruling allows us as a country to move beyond divisive attacks and come together to work to improve health care quality, access, and affordability.”

Senator Tim Kaine (D)
“I applaud the Supreme Court for its decision to uphold the important tax credits that millions of Americans – including nearly 300,000 in Virginia – rely on to access high quality, affordable health care. The decision is a direct rejection of the heartless effort led by health care law opponents to push families – many of whom have insurance coverage for the first time – back into the ranks of the vulnerable uninsured.”

Speaker William J. Howell (R-VA-28)
“The Affordable Care Act remains deeply flawed and today’s Supreme Court decision does not change that. This decision does not have to be a lost opportunity. Congress can and should still act to replace this broken law.”

Representative Dave Brat (R-VA-7)
“Today’s Supreme Court decision erodes the constitutional checks and balances that protect the rights of all Americans. The court declared that the plain language of a law passed by Congress doesn’t mean what it clearly says.”

Here’s what some of you said on Facebook.

Pat Wolfe
“To those who don’t care for the ACA, please present a plan that can effectively replace it w/o blowing our deficit that universally effects the security of our nation….. BTW,the deficit shouldn’t be a political tool to throw around either… We citizens deserve better care from our politicians as they elected and charged fiduciaries of all our national assets. Remember “We the People” not “Us the politicians”…..”

David Ivey
“Mr Speaker, I beg to differ. The Affordable Care Act is working well for millions of Americans–and Virginians. The number of uninsured is the lowest in memory and lives have been saved. The single most helpful change you and your colleagues in the General Assembly can make is to expand Medicaid. It’s the right thing to do.”

Carlton Squeaky Bullock
“This is a joke it helps me in no way and creates a hardship on my family. I can’t afford health insurance, I only make enough money to eather pay for housing and utilities which is still tight. If I have to pay for health insurance I would have to cut out food or electricity and that is with the government help excuse me no help.And I have a full time job and 2 part time jobs.”

Cynthia Lawson

What do you think? Tell us in the comments.

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