Reactions from New York leaders are coming in quickly to the Supreme Court decision to uphold the key pieces of the Affordable Care Act.
“The law’s effects will be significant in our state, where over two million people are uninsured. Over a million uninsured New Yorkers will soon have access to affordable coverage.”
Rep. Louise Slaughter:
“I am very pleased that the Supreme Court has upheld the landmark Affordable Care Act,” said Slaughter. “I was proud to bring this bill to the floor of the House of Representatives as Chairwoman of the Rules Committee in 2009, and I continue to be proud of the ways in which the law has improved health care access for millions of Americans.”
GOP congressional candidate Joe Carvin, the Rye supervisor whose brother argued against the Affordable Care Act:
“Today’s Supreme Court decision is deeply disappointing, but it serves to highlight two critical facts: Obamacare represents the largest tax increase in U.S. history, and it must be struck down legislatively by the Congress rather than through the courts.”
Rep. Nita Lowey, D-Harrison, Westchester County, who is being challenged by Carvin:
“I am pleased the Supreme Court today upheld the Affordable Care Act, protecting access to health insurance and quality of coverage for millions of Americans. This decision protects the coverage of 17 million children with pre-existing conditions, 6.6 million young adults on their parents’ plans, and 86 million seniors and families receiving free preventive care.
Assemblyman Robert Castelli, R-Goldens Bridge, Westchester County:
“I was surprised and disappointed in the Supreme Court’s decision. While I support some aspects of the Obama health care plan, I believe that it would have been in the best interests of the nation to strike down the mandatory requirement.