Today, the Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act, the landmark health care reform bill passed in 2010. The following is a statement by Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez (D-IL).
When I retire, I will be buying insurance from a health care exchange just like everyone else and I am proud to live in a country that allows working class families, blue collar workers and former Congressmen to share health care risks and health rewards and equal opportunity for life saving coverage.
For Latino families, for Chicago families, and for all families, the extension of coverage to young adults, the eventual extension of coverage to people who cannot afford care, and the security that will be built into our health care system are life changing and tremendously helpful.
This will literally help people live who before this law, if they were sick and couldn't afford care or couldn't switch health policies, were sentenced to death or poverty or both.
Today's ruling makes a definitive statement about how dearly we hold the values of equality and opportunity in the United States.