The Supreme Court ruling on June 28, 2012, upholding the Affordable Care Act, was a great day for all Americans. Because of this ruling, millions of Americans who have pre-existing conditions can no longer be rejected by insurance companies, families with children under 26 can keep their children on their health insurance policies and women can no longer be charged far higher premiums than men.
Because of this decision, 30 million uninsured Americans will have access to healthcare. Seniors will continue to see their prescription drug costs go down and the so-called doughnut hole disappear. This ruling is good for small businesses who simply cannot continue to afford the escalating costs of providing insurance for their employees and millions of Americans will be able to find access to quality health care through community health centers.
The Affordable Care Act is an important step in the right direction and I am glad that the Supreme Court upheld it. We cannot afford to go backwards, but that is what Mitt Romney and the Republican leadership in Congress would do. If they have their way, coverage would be reduced and health care costs would skyrocket. They would shift costs to working families, retirees and the states, while their fat-cat supporters continued to rake in obscene profits from a broken system.
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 middle America in order to line the pockets of a chosen few. We cannot let that happen!
Connie Entrekin, SOAR President