Today the Roberts Court has shown the courage to stand up for affordable, accessible health care for every American.
While some have played political games and opposed the Affordable Care Act, Chief Justice John Roberts put aside ideology and joined his colleagues in upholding the Act.
His leadership is an example to everyone who serves, and it is an example to a gridlocked Congress.
Americans pay more for health care than every other industrialized country in the world, millions of working people still live without insurance, and millions of families are just one illness away from bankruptcy. If there is one issue that crystallizes Washington’s failure to protect the forgotten middle class, it is our broken health insurance system. I worked hard to help make affordable health care a reality for every American. I have no illusions that the work is done.
The Affordable Care Act is not perfect. It does include several important protections of American consumers, however. Those include protecting women from insurance discrimination, protecting children from being denied care for “pre-existing conditions,” covering children who have autism or Down’s Syndrome, allowing children to remain on their parents’ insurance policies until they are 26 and protecting seniors from the medication expense known as the “doughnut hole.”
I have said before that Congress would have more work to do no matter how the Court ruled. If I am elected, I will work to reduce costs for families and re-orient our payment system toward preventive medicine. We cannot accept more gridlock standing in the way of progress for the working families who have made all of the sacrifices in this tough economy.