Reaction to the Supreme Court's ruling that upholds the central component of President Barack Obama’s Affordable Healthcare Act broke down predictably along party lines.
The high court upheld the controversial mandate component of the legislation, dubbing it a tax and agreeing in a that the government can use its powers to require Americans to buy health insurance. Chief Justice John Roberts, an appointee of President George W. Bush's and one of the court's conservative stalwarts, wrote the controlling rulling and was joined by Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan in the majority.
Legislators who represents Baldwin Park in Sacramento and Washington were gleeful over the ruling.
"Today's ruling marks a watershed moment for the health and wellbeing of every single American,'' Rep. Judy Chu, D-El Monte, declared in a statement issued by her office in Washington, D.C. "The days of pre-existing conditions, denied coverage and spiked insurance rates are over.''
She said she commends the justices "in the highest terms possible and am grateful that we as a nation can finally rest assured that our health and wellbeing will not be subject to manipulative insurance practices."
Dr. Ed Hernandez, O.D., and California State Senator and Chairman of the Senate Health Committee, applauded the Supreme Court’s decision today upholding the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in its entirety.
“This is a landmark decision that will put an end to unnecessary delay and allow us to deliver on the promise of this historic law by expanding health coverage to millions of uninsured Californians” said Hernandez.
"Here in California, we have moved quickly to implement many of the important reforms and consumer protections allowed under the ACA, including measures that require health plans to cover children, prohibit insurers from cancelling policies when the policyholder gets sick, and allowing dependents to remain on their parent’s coverage until age 26” continued Hernandez, “While much progress has been made there is still so much left to achieve before 2014.”