Democratic Rep. Nancy Pelosi was fast to react to the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold key provisions of healthcare reform, apparently beating even President Obama to the punch to claim victory in Thursday’s historic ruling.
The high court appeared to have upheld at least most of the 2010 healthcare reform law, including the controversial individual mandate which will require most Americans to have some sort of health coverage — or face financial penalties. In the end, even Chief Justice John Roberts — a hero of the right wing — reportedly sided with the court majority to uphold the reform law.
Pelosi’s office released her statement on the matter just minutes after the high court announced its ruling. The California Democrat, who as House speaker two years ago, played a key role as an architect of the reform law alongside Obama and presided over the vote which approved the landmark legislation.
The White House had yet to release any public statement from the president on the matter at the time Pelosi’s statement became public Thursday morning.
“This decision is a victory for the American people. With this ruling, Americans will benefit from critical patient protections, lower costs for the middle class, more coverage for families, and greater accountability for the insurance industry,” Pelosi says.
Officially known as the Affordable Care Act, she touted the aspects of healthcare reform which have already taken effect and are “already paying dividends for millions of Americans,” including:
• Children can no longer be denied coverage due to pre-existing conditions.
• Seniors are paying less for prescription drugs.
• Students and young adults can stay on their parents’ plans.
• Being a woman is no longer a pre-existing medical condition.
“In passing health reform, we made history for our nation and progress for the American people. We completed the unfinished business of our society and strengthened the character of our country,” Pelosi adds. “We ensured health care would be a right for all, not a privilege for the few. Today, the Supreme Court affirmed our progress and protected that right, securing a future of health and economic security for the middle class and for every American.”