Congressman Gregory W. Meeks (D-NY) released the following statement on the United States Supreme Court decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act:
"The Supreme Court of the United States upheld the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in a decision today that makes it clear that we must move forward with the implementation of this law. The ruling of our highest court that the Affordable Care Act is constitutional should put an end to unrelenting politically motivated calls for its repeal. This is a critical victory for nation and a rescue for our most vulnerable.
"The ACA is the signature legislative achievement of President Obama and the Democratic-controlled 111th Congress. Democrats have endured the constant resistance and disdain of Republicans who have never embraced the ACA since its passage in 2010. We prevailed today as do American families who know this groundbreaking legislation is in their best interest.
"This decision elicits a collective sigh of relief from 33 million previously uninsured Americans who will receive coverage under the ACA. It brings comfort to 77 million Americans that health insurance companies will no longer be able to deny, restrict, or drop from coverage due to a preexisting medical condition. The same for millions of children − particularly recent high school and college graduates - who will be able to stay on the health insurance plans of their parents until age 26.
"Republicans must act in the interest of Americans now, and put the politics aside. Instead of rhetoric about repealing the ACA, it is time for Republicans to work toward successful implementation. I remain ready for a bipartisan effort, but Democrats must push forward even in the face of opposition from those in our nation who want to put politics before progress."