Supreme Court Affirms Americans’ Right to Quality, Affordable Health Care
Key Point: All three branches of government have now agreed that President Obama’s health care law is the right thing to do. The law is already helping millions of Americans and will help millions more in the years to come. It’s time to move past the same political battles and fully implement the law.
Today the Supreme Court ruled that Obamacare is constitutional. The individual mandate was upheld, along with all the reforms that ensure Americans, not their insurance companies, have control over their health. By 2014, all Americans will have access to quality, affordable health care.
Obamacare Is Already Working: Obamacare is already helping millions of Americans save money and live healthier lives, and will help millions more in the years to come. Americans aren’t losing coverage or going bankrupt just because they get sick, preexisting conditions are being covered, and millions of Americans will keep saving money on their premiums, preventive care and prescription drugs.
Largest Health Care Tax Cut in History: Obamacare will save middle-class families up to $2,300 a year on top of its largest health care tax cut in history, worth an average of $4,800 to about 19 million middle-class Americans. Because the rest of us have to pay for those who can afford health insurance but refuse to get it, the court’s decision today means that free riders either have to get insurance or pay a small fine – which would apply to only about 1 percent of Americans. The individual responsibility requirement is the same policy Mitt Romney put in place in Massachusetts.
It’s Time to Move On: The American people want Washington to move past the political battle over health reform and get to work on the economy. Congress passed health reform, the President signed it, and today the Court ruled that it’s constitutional. It’s time to move on and fully implement the law so we can cut costs and ensure all Americans get the care they need.