Press Release

AFT Applauds Supreme Court Healthcare Reform Decision

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Thursday, June 28, 2012


Carolyn Fiddler

 "We can't afford to deny American families the healthcare they need"

WASHINGTON—Today American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten lauded the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to uphold the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

"Today America's highest court handed down a decision affirming the legitimacy of the Affordable Care Act. In so doing, the Supreme Court also has affirmed the legitimacy of our form of democracy and the rule of law. Opinions of the Supreme Court are not abstract rulings; they have real and lasting effects upon the lives of everyday Americans.Access to affordable healthcare is an essential building block to rebuilding and expanding the middle class and a lifeline to those who have no access to healthcare right now. The Affordable Care Act will continue to make that a reality for millions of Americans.

"At a time when so many Americans are struggling to get by and students continue to graduate from college with a mountain of debt and few job prospects, this law puts healthcare within reach for working families, keeps our communities healthier, and ensures that Americans can get the treatment they need, when they need it, without battling big insurance companies. Striking down healthcare reform would have dealt a devastating blow to our recovering economy. Affordable healthcare should not be a luxury for a few, but a promise to all.

"We need to work together to build upon the success of the Affordable Care Act, not prolong partisan attempts to tear it apart. We can't afford to deny families the healthcare they need."

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The AFT represents 1.6 million pre-K through 12th-grade teachers; paraprofessionals and other school-related personnel; higher education faculty and professional staff; federal, state and local government employees; nurses and healthcare workers; and early childhood educators.