Health Care Is a Right, Not a Privilege

All Americans may now exhale.

The Supreme Court of the United States has just reaffirmed the total legitimacy of the “Affordable Care Act,” aka “Obamacare” by a 6-3 decision. As if to end all remaining arguments, the majority decision was written by Chief Justice John Roberts.

6.4 million Americans who are presently receiving their health care through subsidies from the federal government will continue to receive that health care.

Women will continue to receive their health care for the same cost as men.

Preexisting conditions (including pregnancy) will continue to be fully covered by health care.

Hospitals and clinics will continue to be reimbursed for the care of Americans who are insured through the federal exchanges.

Legislators and commentators who advocated the termination of the ACA seem to be unaware that many Americans had very limited access or no access at all to the most basic health care for either adults or children prior the passage of “Obamacare.”

This is America. We believe in equal justice for all. That means equal access to health care for all citizens. Now the Supreme Court has ended all of the arguments against the Affordable Health Care Act.

Karen Pataky
Vice President for Public Policy and Political Action

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