The reaction to the Supreme Court’s approval of the Affordable Care Act – known commonly as Obamacare or as the Obama campaign prefers Obama Cares. The White House issued this checklist of what the healthcare reform act will mean for the company.
“Not to be overly dramatic, but for me the Supreme Court decision on the Affordable Care Act was a matter of life and death. Because the law was largely upheld, I will be able to continue receiving treatment for breast cancer. I was one of the early beneficiaries of the law. When I was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer late last year, I had no health insurance, which meant my options were extremely limited. No insurer would pick up someone in my circumstances. But luckily, the Pre-existing Condition Insurance Plan had already kicked in, and it made it possible for me to purchase insurance under a government program. I was uninsured not because I’m a lazy, freeloading deadbeat but because my husband and I are self-employed. We had been purchasing health insurance on the individual market along with 6% of the rest of the population. But after exhausting all of our resources trying to keep up with premiums of $1,500 a month, we had no choice but to cancel it.”
Talking Points Memo: After Health Care Ruling, GOP Hits Rewind As Democrats Look To The Future “The fallout from the Supreme Court’s historic ruling Thursday upholding the health care reform law clarified a key distinction between the two parties. Republicans reaffirmed their commitment to turning back the clock and Democrats insisted on letting go of past battles and moving on. “The Supreme Court has spoken. The matter is settled,” said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV). “With millions of Americans still struggling in this tough economy, we can’t look back. We need to look forward.” “Now that all three branches of government have ratified the law, the time for quarreling is over. The time for disputing its validity is over,” said Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY). “Congress should now return to its full time focus: the issue of jobs and the economy.” “Politics be damned, this is about what we came to do,” said House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). Republican sang a different tune, reaffirming their commitment to repealing ‘Obamacare’ and announcing they will hold yet another vote to do so.”