Area leaders were quick to react today to the news that the Supreme Court upheld President Barack Obama's health reform law.
Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R): "Today's Supreme Court ruling is extremely disappointing for Virginia and for America. The PPACA will create a costly and cumbersome system that will impair our country's ability to recover from these challenging economic times, infringes on our citizen's liberties, will harm small businesses, and will impose dramatic unfunded mandates on Virginia and all states. Simply put, this is a blow to freedom. America needs market-based solutions that give patients more choice, not less." (For the governor's full statement, visit his Web site.)
On his Twitter feed, the governor wrote: "Simply put, this is a blow to freedom."
Alexandria Mayor Bill Euille (D): "This is a huge victory for the 30 million Americans who are uninsured and for the president. This will help them to move forward, to get insurance, especially the elderly. It demonstrates that this important piece of legislation was long overdue. It puts the United States on a level playing field with other countries."
Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-11th): "Obviously this is a historic day; it’s a victory for anybody with a preexisting condition; it’s a victory for people who suffer a catastrophic accident who won’t be limited to an annual cap. It's a victory for families whose children can stay on their policies until they're 26...it's also a victory for consumers because going forth, this health care act will help bring down the cost curve of health care....I believe we will be seeing 10 to 15 years from now, a transformative moment where we finally got our arms around health care in a meaningful way and widened accessibility. I am proud of the fact I voted for this reform bill."
Congressman James P. "Jim" Moran (D-8th): “Today the Supreme Court reaffirmed what Democrats and President Obama have known for two years; the Affordable Care Act stands on firm constitutional grounds. People across the country are already benefiting from reforms in the Affordable Care Act, including 6.6 million young people who can stay on their parents’ insurance, 105 million Americans who no longer have a lifetime limit on their coverage, and 5.3 million seniors in the ‘donut hole’ who have saved $3.7 billion on their prescription drugs." (For Moran's full statement, go here.)
Del. Scott Surovell (D-44th): "The President's health insurance reform legislation was a landmark effort to reform a dysfunctional healthcare system that has made health insurance unavailable to millions of Virginians, thousands of my constituents, and hurting the bottom line of Virginia's businesses who want to provide meaningful benefits to their employees. I'm pleased that the Supreme Court affirmed President Obama and Congress' effort to solve a very difficult problem."
George Allen, former governor, former U.S. senator and current Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate: “While disappointed in the Supreme Court’s decision on President Obama’s health care law, I believe it reinforces what is truly at stake during this pivotal election. This November the American people have an opportunity to choose new leadership in Washington who will listen to their voices and repeal this costly, harmful government health care law." (For more of Allen's statement, visit his Web site here.)
Tim Kaine, former governor, current Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate: “The Affordable Care Act is an important first step in curbing discriminatory insurance company practices and increasing access to health care, but more needs to be done to bring down costs. Our government, businesses, and citizens cannot continue to spend more than any other nation on health care while getting second-rate results. As Senator, I am committed to working with all stakeholders to find additional improvements to the Affordable Care Act that give all Americans affordable access to high quality services." (For more of Kaine's statement, visit his Web site here.)
Pat Mullins, chairman of the Republican Party of Virginia: "Today's decision is extremely disappointing, but it is not the end of the story. The American people will have the final say on ObamaCare this November at the ballot box. And in January, I look forward to standing with President Mitt Romney, Majority Leader Eric Cantor and newly sworn-in Senator George Allen as this law is repealed and replaced with common-sense, market based reform."
Fairfax County Democratic Committee: "In an historic decision today, the Supreme Court has upheld the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, a comprehensive law providing all Americans with a most basic need – affordable, quality healthcare. Millions who were denied coverage in the past are today reassured that they and their loved ones can obtain the care they need despite a pre-existing condition, a life threatening illness or injury they couldn’t otherwise afford.
"We commend the Supreme Court for rising above partisan argument and making a finding under the rule of law,” commented Cesar del Aguila, chair of the Fairfax Democrats. “This Act gives the American people the security of knowing that they have access to affordable, quality care that they might not otherwise have."
Inova Health System: "Inova Health System has been an active participant in the Commonwealth of Virginia’s efforts to go beyond federal health reform and thoroughly examine the health care system as a whole to meet the present and future needs of the communities we serve.
"By actively engaging stakeholders in the various discussions led by the Commonwealth, as well as serving on health reform task forces such as the Virginia Health Reform Initiative, Inova is committed to participating in the Commonwealth’s efforts to improve the delivery of affordable health care coverage to more Virginia residents. As the implications of the Court’s decision are evaluated in the coming days and weeks, we look forward to continuing those efforts with Secretary Hazel and Virginia’s key health care stakeholders to drive the future of health.
"We share the belief that improving quality and value are integral components to ultimately bending the health care cost curve and most importantly, improving the health of our communities."
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