Immediately following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act, six out of Connecticut’s seven-member Washington delegation issued press releases lauding the ruling.
Here, then, are the official statements from Connecticut’s delegation — minus Rep. James Himes, D-4th District — on the subject of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on King v. Burwell:
“The Supreme Court’s ruling to uphold this historic, life-changing law is a tremendous victory not only for the Administration and the law, but for all Americans who are now guaranteed their basic right to quality health care. The court put the rule of law above politics and affirmed what we already know – that a commonsense reading of this measure avoids catastrophic consequences, and provides Americans life-saving medical treatment to transform lives for the better. This law has helped millions of Americans and will continue to do so for generations to come.”
“The Supreme Court made the right call today. As Democrats have consistently said, we meant what we wrote and we wrote what we meant. From the beginning, this case was nothing more than political theater dressed up as a court case. I’m glad we can move on,” said Murphy.“Now, Republicans need to accept the fact that the Affordable Care Act is the law and it’s working. Millions of Americans have gained health coverage, insurance companies can no longer refuse to cover people with preexisting conditions, and every insurer must cover preventative screenings.”
“Democrats are here waiting for Republicans to stop their reckless repeal games and come to the table to build on the Affordable Care Act’s successes to make the American healthcare system even better,” Murphy added.
John Larson, D-1st District
“This latest ruling should be a sign that the ACA is here to stay. In the five years since its inception, more than 16 million Americans have gained coverage. Now is the time to bring the country together to improve our health care system for the good of all Americans. Everyone has the right to affordable, dependable health coverage. It is now the responsibility of Congress to move forward in finding ways to continue to reduce costs and improve quality throughout the healthcare system.
“As Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. wrote, ‘Congress passed the Affordable Care Act to improve health insurance markets, not to destroy them.’ I commend Justice Roberts for restoring the people’s faith in the Supreme Court as a nonpartisan institution. This ruling puts politics aside in favor of the health and well-being of the American people — exactly as the Supreme Court is meant to do.”
Joe Courtney, D-2nd District
“The Supreme Court today issued the right decision in recognition of the intent of Congress, and for the millions of Americans who now have access to quality, comprehensive health insurance coverage thanks to the Affordable Care Act. While the language of the law was challenged, there was never a question about the intent of the Affordable Care Act — to provide subsidies for all qualifying Americans to help them afford health insurance, regardless of which state they live in.
“I hope this significant 6-3 majority decision will move us past the repetitive attacks in Congress, where the Republican majority has held more than 60 votes to undermine or repeal the law while offering no plan to replace it. Now, it is time for Congress to work together to make smart, focused improvements to the law that will help advance the goal of providing quality, affordable health insurance coverage to every American family.”
Rosa DeLauro, D-3rd District
“Today is a great day for the millions of Americans who use tax credits to purchase quality health care. The Supreme Court’s decision is consistent with the text, context and history of the law: to make federal tax credits available for every eligible individual in the nation. The Affordable Care Act is not an abstract idea: it is the law of the land and woven into the fabric of our health care system. The Supreme Court’s decision is further evidence of that.
“The American people are rightly sick and tired of hearing Congress continue to have the same tired debates over a law that is working. I urge my colleagues to put this fight behind us and get to work on the real issues facing our nation.”
Elizabeth Esty, D-5th District
“The Supreme Court made the right decision today,” said Rep. Esty. “More than 16 million Americans now have access to affordable health coverage because of the Affordable Care Act. It was clearly Congress’ intent that tax payers should have access to tax credits — whether they live in Connecticut, which chose to design its own health insurance exchange, or in one of the states that let the federal government create their citizens’ health care marketplace.”
“I’m proud that Connecticut’s state-run marketplace is working well for the more than half million residents it serves. Let’s be clear: individuals and families who purchased coverage through Access Health CT were never in danger of losing their tax credits. I hope that today’s decision will allow us to put politics aside and get back to working on ways to make our health care system more affordable and effective for all Americans. The goal of this and any health care system should be to help Americans live longer, healthier lives, and that is what I will continue to work on in Congress.”
Jordan Fenster is an award-winning freelance journalist. He lives with his family in Fairfield County. He can be reached by or @JordanFenster on Twitter.