Reaction to the Supreme Court’s ruling on the Affordable Care Act was as swift as it was predictable, with Democrats praising the ruling and Republicans throwing brickbats.
“Here in America, in the wealthiest nation on earth, no illness or accident should lead to any family’s financial ruin,” said President Barack Obama. Speaking from the East Room, Obama hailed the ruling, saying, “I know there will be a lot of discussion about the politics about this, about who won and who lost,” he said. “But that discussion completely misses the point.”
“Whatever the politics, today’s decision was a victory for people all over this country, whose lives will be more secure because of this law, and the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold it,” Obama said.
Obama highlighted the benefits of the ACA, including the end of lifetime limits, discrimination against people with pre-existing conditions, and the end of gender discrimination in billing.
Obama also defended the mandate, saying that “people who can afford to buy health insurance should take the responsibility to do so.” He added, ”This idea has enjoyed support from members of both parties, including the current Republican nominee for President.”
The current Republican nominee for president, Mitt Romney, disagreed with the decision, and with the benefits of the ACA.
“What the court did not do in its last day in session, I will do on my first day if elected President of the United States. And that is, I will act to repeal Obamacare,” Mitt Romney said. Though Romney had signed a similar law as governor of Massachusetts, he has been staunchly opposed to the Affordable Care Act. “What the court did today was say that Obamacare does not violate the Constitution. What they did not do is say that Obamacare is good law, or that it is good policy.”
“Obamacare would add trillions to the national debt,” Romney said. Studies have shown that the Affordable Care Act would actually cut the deficit by reducing the growth of Medicare.
Romney said that eliminating national health care would require a change of administration.
“If we want to get rid of Obamacare, we have to get rid of President Obama,” Romney said.
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