AFL-CIO Pleased with Supreme Court Health Care Decision

In a recent release by AFL-CIO President Rich Trumka he stated his approval of the Supreme Court decision that upheld the Affordable Care Act:

We are pleased and relieved that the Supreme Court has upheld the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act.  Today’s decision means that we can continue moving full speed ahead to implement and build upon the Affordable Care Act.  We have no illusion that the destination has been reached, and we are more committed than ever to the hard work necessary to achieve our dream of quality health care for all.

With this decision, more than 105 million Americans will continue to benefit from the elimination of lifetime limits and the coverage of preventive services without cost-sharing, and more than 6 million young adults will remain covered by their parents’ health care plans.  Seniors will continue to save money on prescription drugs as the Part D donut hole closes over the next eight years; already over 5 million seniors have saved $3.7 billion on prescriptions in 2010 and 2011.  And insurance companies will not be able to deny coverage due to pre-existing conditions, charge women more or drop coverage for those who get sick.

We cannot afford to go backward, but that is what Mitt Romney and the Republican leadership in Congress would do.  Their plans would not expand coverage or control health care costs.  Instead, they would shift costs to working families, retirees and the states.

The election this November provides a clear choice between the President, who has stood for fairness and for working men and women, and Romney, who urges repealing health insurance protection for working families. We stand with the President.

Click here to read the full release from the AFL-CIO.

Click here to read a releted release from the Alliance for Retired Americans.