Today, Congressman Jim McDermott (D-WA), a physician and senior member of the House Ways and Means Committee, released the following statement after the Supreme Court issued its ruling on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. the 2010 health care law):
"This is a HUGE victory for the American people. I always believed the law would withstand this attack by Tea Party Republicans like Washington State's Attorney General, Rob McKenna. Now that the court has reaffirmed what we all knew, the President and Congress can finish building the "house of health' in which all Americans will have health security.
"In 2014, 32 million newly insured Americans will come into the health-care system under a commonsense plan that was originally a Republican idea. Republicans will continue to push their agenda to take away the health care of those Americans who are not wealthy or lucky enough to have a job that covers them, and to end Medicare and Medicaid.
"I think the Republican agenda of no safety net and you're-on-your-own economics is bad for America. I'll be pushing in the opposite direction -- for the financially sustainable, high-quality health security that ALL Americans deserve."