Washington, D.C. – Today, Neera Tanden, Counselor to the Center for American Progress Action Fund and President of the Center for American Progress, released the following statement regarding the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on the Affordable Care Act:
The Supreme Court today merely confirmed what the Constitution and 200 years of precedent already made clear: The Affordable Care Act is without any doubt constitutional.
The Court’s ruling is a victory for millions of Americans who are already benefiting from the health reform law, whether it’s the sick child who can no longer be denied insurance or the senior who can afford her prescription drugs. And very soon the law will go even further to protect tens of millions more from ever being denied coverage because of a pre-existing condition.
We should not lose sight of the people who are benefiting from the health law—whose lives were at stake with the Court’s ruling. It’s not about Democrats or Republicans winning or losing, it’s about people’s lives. All of us—Democrats and Republicans—must move forward with making health care work for every American and that means stopping the political games and implementing the law. But will Republicans stop their politics-at-all-costs campaign long enough to make sure America’s health care system works for every American?
No more slash-and-burn politics. No more delay tactics. Republican attorney generals have wasted millions of dollars using the courts to achieve their political ends. Today the court affirmed its role as the neutral arbiter of the law for all Americans.
Even though the Supreme Court saw through the political gamesmanship, this ruling is a clear reminder of just how much is at stake with the Court and leaders placing politics before people.
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