We’ve collected a sampling of comments from different organizations on how they view the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act.
“We are pleased that the Supreme Court found the majority of the Affordable Care Act constitutional. We look forward to the continued implementation of this critically important legislation so that millions of Americans can continue to receive the benefits it provides.” – AARP CEO A. Barry Rand
“As the reform law is implemented, health plans will continue to focus on promoting affordability and peace of mind for their beneficiaries. The law expands coverage to millions of Americans, a goal health plans have long supported, but major provisions, such as the premium tax, will have the unintended consequences of raising costs and disrupting coverage unless they are addressed.” – America’s Health Insurance Plans CEO Karen Ignagni
“Taken together, these reforms will improve health care for everyone, including those of us who are already insured… With the legal issues resolved, ACP looks forward to the day in 2014 when nearly all Americans will have access to affordable health insurance and be protected from insurance company practices that unfairly deny and limit coverage.” – American College of Physicians President David L. Bronson, MD
“The American Medical Association has long supported health insurance coverage for all, and we are pleased that this decision means millions of Americans can look forward to the coverage they need to get healthy and stay healthy.” – American Medical Association President Jeremy A. Lazarus, MD
“The president’s health care law is hurting our economy by driving up health costs and making it harder for small businesses to hire. Today’s ruling underscores the urgency of repealing this harmful law in its entirety.” - Speaker of the House of Representatives John Boehner (R – OH)
“As we study the court decision, one thing remains clear: We still have much work to do to make America’s health care system more affordable and more effective. Above all, American consumers have to be more involved in their own health care. Experience tells us that when consumers are in control, quality improves, costs are controlled, and people are healthier.” - John Engler, president of Business Roundtable
“If you’re buying insurance coverage on your own right now, depending on the state that you’re in, on most states, you’re underwritten on the basis of your health and gender. Your premiums are reflective of your own personal characteristics. That goes away in 2014 [because of the Affordable Care Act]. Everybody’s premiums will be the same. There will be no underwriting.” – Sara Collins, Vice President of the Commonwealth Fund in New York City.
“This health care bill was sold with a lot of promises that have turned out not to be true. We were told it was not a tax, and the president would not raise taxes on middle class American s. But the Supreme Court says it is a tax.” – Senator Jim DeMint (R – SC)
“This is great news for all Americans. The federal government with state partners will continue to tackle the health care coverage crisis that has bankrupted too many businesses and families. The Affordable Care Act is the best chance we have to fix many of the problems with our health coverage system. States cannot fix a national problem alone and the Court recognized this in today’s opinion.” – Georgetown University’s Health Policy Institute
Now the court has said [...] the feds can’t take the original Medicaid funding away if you don’t do the expansion. The political consequences of that are to say to these conservatives, ‘Put up or shut up.’ If you don’t want to expand Medicaid in your states, you don’t have to. Take the political consequences for that … You don’t want the money, you don’t have to have the money, but then you go face your constituents and tell them why you didn’t expand Medicaid like the other states.” – Health Policy and Strategy Associates President Robert Laszewski
“States can expand the Medicaid program and accept the federal dollars, but I would also comment that comes with a trade-off… If you accept the federal dollars there are strings and requirements that go along with that.” – Heritage Foundation Center for Health Policy Studies Director Nina Owcharenko
“Today’s decision was a victory for people all across this country whose lives will be more secure… We will continue to implement this law, and we will work together to improve it where we can.” – President Barack Obama
“This decision is a victory for the American people. With this ruling, Americans will benefit from critical patient protections, lower costs for the middle class, more coverage for families, and greater accountability for the insurance industry.” – Nancy Pelosi (D – CA), Minority Leader of the House of Representatives
“Some small businesses will probably dump their employees into the [state insurance exchanges] and we economists have always argued that they should. It is highly inefficient for small business firms … to go shop around for health insurance paying broker commissions of 10 percent if they can have access to the same insurance exchanges that General Motors operates.” – Health care economist Uwe Reinhardt, PhD, Princeton University
“We need market-based solutions that give patients more choice, not less. The answer to rising health care costs is not, and will never be, Big Government.” – Reince Priebus, Chairman of the Republican National Committee