Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on United States Supreme Court decision in King v. Burwell:
Today’s decision is an important victory for the millions of people who need financial assistance to make health insurance affordable and for everyone committed to improving America’s health care system.
It was always clear the Affordable Care Act was designed to help middle-class and low-income families in every state. The Court’s decision means the millions of families counting on this financial assistance will not be at the mercy of Republican governors and lawmakers who zealously oppose the Affordable Care Act at every turn.
Now, it is time to move forward. The Affordable Care Act was an important step to expand coverage, but much more needs to be done if we are to achieve quality, affordable health care for all. We can start by expanding Medicaid for low-income workers in every state and making changes that will protect and strengthen the health coverage workers have fought for on the job. It’s also past time for Republicans—whether in Congress or the state capitals—to end their repetitive efforts to repeal or damage the Affordable Care Act.
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