There’s been no shortage of reaction in Albany to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision today to effectively hold up the federal Affordable Care Act. Only one group, as far as I can tell, bought a cake.
“This is a victory for the American people, and we thank President Obama and the members of Congress who passed the Affordable Care Act for their leadership on this issue,” Tracey Brooks, president of Family Planning Advocates of New York State, said in a statement.
Several speakers from groups like Citizen Action and Planned Parenthood took turns lauding the decision. Of course, had the decision gone the other way, the rally would have had a much different tone—it was organized and announced prior to knowing which way the Supreme Court would go.
“The most important result of this decision is that New York can now move forward with its plans to establish a health insurance exchange: to bargain on behalf of consumers and lower insurance rates,” Karen Scharff, executive director of Citizen Action of New York, said in a statement. “Now that the court decision is past us, we can move beyond the battle in the airwaves over the overall merits of the law and begin the work of structuring our state exchange in a way that provides quality, affordable coverage for millions of New Yorkers.”
Here’s video of Blue Carreker, vice president of public affairs and marketing for Upper Hudson Planned Parenthood, addressing the crowd of a few dozen: