AFT's Weingarten: "Access to affordable healthcare is an essential building block to restoring the middle class and providing economic security to all Americans"
WASHINGTON—Statement of American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten on the second anniversary of the Affordable Care Act. Today the U.S. Supreme Court opens oral arguments on the health reform law:
"Access to affordable healthcare is an essential building block to restoring the middle class and providing economic security to all Americans. High-quality, affordable healthcare should not be a luxury for a few, but a promise to all, and the Affordable Care Act is making that promise a reality for millions of Americans.
"At a time when millions of Americans are struggling to get by and students continue to graduate from college with a mountain of debt and few job prospects, the Affordable Care Act is saving families money, keeping our communities healthier and ensuring that Americans can get the treatment they need, when they need it, without battling big insurance companies.
"As every family that has faced a catastrophic illness understands, access to affordable healthcare and treatment is essential to the economic security of our families and our nation. Nobody should lose their life savings or their homes as a result of illness.
"Because of the Affordable Care Act, 17 million children who have pre-existing conditions can no longer be denied coverage by private insurance companies, more than 2.5 million additional young adults up to age 26 now have health insurance, and millions of Americans are receiving preventive care—which in the long term will cut costs and make Americans healthier.
"We need to build upon the success of the Affordable Care Act, not tear it apart. We can't afford to deny families necessary medical treatment or hand over more control to big insurance companies."