Today, Congressman José E. Serrano expressed his relief and satisfaction that the Supreme Court had upheld key points of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the health care overhaul that he voted with Democrats to pass during the last Congress.
"Today's ruling is a relief and validation that our work to extend health care to all Americans was indeed properly carried out. As I said when we passed this law, now our children, the sick, the unfortunate, and the destitute will have a path to decent, affordable health care coverage. Our nation will be more economically stable and more compassionate towards those suffering. No longer will people have to fear that a medical calamity will also wipe out all their savings or cause them to lose a house.
"We have seen that our system has worked--Congress passed a law, people felt that it might be unconstitutional, the lower courts were split, and the Supreme Court settled the question. Our system of government has yet again proven itself able to rise above partisanship.
"I urge my Republican colleagues to now work with us to improve this law, and to stop their efforts to repeal it. It is time to admit that this law, much of which is based on Republican ideas, is valid and proper, and above all, necessary. The time has come for them to work together with us to solve problems rather than to continue a partisan quest to undo President Obama's key achievements.
"Our nation is strongest when we work together and look out for one another. This was the premise of the Affordable Care Act. With today's ruling, I believe our nation will be stronger both in terms of the health and well-being of our citizens, and also people's faith in our system of government. Today we have seen a full and complete victory for the American people."