REP. GUTIÉRREZ: REACTION TO U.S. SUPREME COURT DECISION ON AFFORDABLE CARE ACT
Washington, DC – Today, Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) reacted to news that the U.S. Supreme Court had ruled in favor of maintaining President Obama’s signature health care law, the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which is helping millions of Americans find and afford health care coverage. The following is a statement by Rep. Gutiérrez:
“The Supreme Court made the right decision based on the law and based on the needs of the American people. This takes away the uncertainty and anxiety that the constant attacks on the ACA have created with the American people. I am happy for consumers who will now not have radical changes to the ACA hanging over their heads.
“We forget that every major policy to help the American people gets challenged by those who want to maintain the current dysfunctional system, on health care and across a range of other issues. President Franklin Roosevelt’s signature accomplishments on Social Security and programs to help Americans who are working and those who were unemployed, all had to be fought out in court. Needless to say, the law and the interests of the American people won out in the end.
“This gives me confidence that the courts will eventually rule in favor of allowing the President’s legal and justifiable immigration executive actions to stand, but we continue to have to fight against opposition to change, opposition to immigration and opposition to President Obama coming mostly from Republicans.
“This time on health care, the Republicans dodged a bullet because Republicans were almost put in the position of taking health care away from families, children, voters, and huge numbers of their constituents. But the U.S. Supreme Court saved the Republicans from being responsible for a national public policy disaster.”
Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez represents the Fourth District of Illinois, is a Member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, is a Member of the Judiciary Committee and the Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security, and is the Co-Chair of the Immigration Task Force of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.
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