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Unions, Others React to Court Upholding Health Care Reform

Here’s a look at other reactions to today’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling upholding the Affordable Care Act, including the requirement to purchase health insurance.

AFSCME:

The Court has ruled that Congress cannot require states to expand their Medicaid funding to help poor Americans receive medical care. We will work at the state level to ensure that as many Americans as possible will receive the coverage they deserve. States should take advantage of the incentives in [the Affordable care Act] and move forward to implement this far-reaching reform. (Full statement here.)

AFT:

At a time when so many Americans are struggling to get by and students continue to graduate from college with a mountain of debt and few job prospects, this law puts health care within reach for working families, keeps our communities healthier and ensures that Americans can get the treatment they need, when they need it, without battling big insurance companies. We need to work together to build upon the success of the Affordable Care Act, not prolong partisan attempts to tear it apart.

Alliance for Retired Americans:

Today is a tremendous victory for seniors, their children and their grandchildren....But today will be a short-lived victory if this November we fail to elect a president and Congress with the courage to stand up for the middle class. In the 2012 elections we cannot let politicians roll back the progress we have made.

Electrical Workers (IBEW):

President Obama’s health care plan, while far from perfect, has already made real progress in reducing medical inflation and guaranteeing more Americans access to quality health care. By upholding the law, the Court has made a vital step toward solving our health care crisis and bringing some balance back to the economy. (Full statement here.) 

Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA):

This decision is a victory for all workers and the 30 million Americans who will have health care that was unattainable before.  We applaud the Obama administration’s historic undertaking and its determination to bring our country in line with those throughout the world that already have publicly financed health care in place.   

American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE):

Now that this historic legislation has been upheld by the highest court in the land, it’s time for Republican leaders in Congress to stop their campaign to repeal the law and to focus instead on improving the economy and creating jobs.

Communications Workers of America (CWA):

The Affordable Care Act is an important first step toward true health care reform. (Full statement here.)

Economic Policy Institute (EPI):

The decision keeps valuable provisions intact, making sure that everyone, regardless of their health status, can get insurance and ensures a more stable risk pool, keeping costs under control.   

National Nurses United (NNU):

Stepping up the fight for Medicare for all is even more critical in the midst of the still persistent economic crisis. (Full statement here.) 

UAW:

We call on Governor Romney and Republicans in Congress to stop playing politics with the health care of the American people.  Their continued pledge to repeal the law is a waste of time and would hurt millions of families.  It's time to focus on the real business at hand -- strengthening our economy and putting Americans back to work. (Full statement here.)

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