Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa issued the following statement Thursday in response to the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to uphold the basic provision of the Affordable Care Act:
"Today's ruling by the Supreme Court to uphold the basic provisions of the Affordable Care Act is a historic step forward for our country. Healthcare for each and every individual is not a privilege; it's a right. This morning's decision is a victory for all Americans, and I could not be prouder.
"By upholding the Affordable Care Act the Supreme Court ensured 3.1 million young people--including 435,000 young Californians--will maintain their coverage. The court's ruling protects Americans with preexisting conditions and provides them with access to the safe and secure healthcare options that were once out of reach. By ruling that those people who can afford to buy insurance have an obligation to do so, the court has reaffirmed the bedrock principle of personal responsibility. And most importantly, the court's ruling moves our nation one step closer to the ultimate goal of providing healthcare for all. More than 30 million Americans will gain affordable healthcare with the enactment of this bill. This is a momentous achievement that should be rightly celebrated.
"Despite today's victory, our work is not done. America still spends more than any other nation for health insurance. The Affordable Care Act provides important protections to curb the skyrocketing cost of healthcare and lessen the impact on the nation's budget. In fact, according to official estimates, the law will lower the federal deficit by $143 billion by 2019. It is now incumbent on our nation's leaders to ensure the successful implementation of this bill. We must halt the opponents of progress who seek to 'repeal and replace' this important step towards universal coverage.
"I applaud the Supreme Court's leadership and decision to put the American people ahead of partisan politics. Their ruling to uphold the Affordable Care Act reaffirms our country's commitment to the health and financial security of our people."
U.S. Rep. Karen Bass made the following statement today after the decision by the U.S. Supreme Court which declared the entire Affordable Care Act constitutional:
"Today's historic decision by the Supreme Court to uphold the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act is extremely welcomed news. The American people can now rest assured and claim today as a victory, as everyone in our country will receive quality healthcare that each person is entitled to.
"When President Obama promised the American people that he would create a system that provided healthcare at a minimum cost, he did just that. With the Affordable Care Act, healthcare is once again a basic human right that allows families to receive quality care without having to spend every penny they earn.
"I'm pleased that the Supreme Court held firmly to their principles and did not politicize this important decision. Now, the Affordable Care Act can do what the American people need it to do, including providing millions of Americans access to cancer-screenings like mammograms and colonoscopies, ensuring coverage for millions who have preexisting conditions and youth who remain on their parent's coverage; and finally give seniors a stronger Medicare program."
U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer issued the following statement on the U.S. Supreme Court's decision on the Affordable Care Act: