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Action NC's Statement on the Supreme Court's ACA ruling

“Obamacare is here to stay. It’s time to put aside partisan politics and end legal debates and move forward on implementing the law fully so that North Carolinians can finally get the health care we need.”

 Raleigh, NC - Here is a statement from Kevin Rogers, Policy & Public Affairs Director for Action NC, a statewide advocacy organization that worked to pass the Affordable Care Act in 2010 as part of the national Health Care for America Now Campaign:

 “Today, the Supreme Court ended the debate over the Affordable Care Act and ruled conclusively that Obamacare is here to stay. It’s time for opponents stop wasting time on get to work on fully implementing the law in NC.

The court has spoken and the constitutional debate is done. The law is two years old and implementation is moving forward. Over 100 million Americans already receive benefits under the law and in the next two years, the rest of America’s families and businesses can look forward to consumer relief and new benefits under the ACA that will finally give North Carolinians financial and health security.

The law stops insurance companies from denying our care and jacking up our rates whenever they please. It also ends insurance company practices that have cut short countless lives, denied coverage and services to millions and imposed billions of dollars in excess costs on consumers and employers. It also expands coverage to millions of families and small businesses who could never afford it before while at the same time lowering costs for the millions more who already have insurance.

The law’s political opponents in Congress who have vowed to continue their efforts to undermine and repeal Obama should heed the court’s decision and abide by the law just like everyone else. Rather than focusing on circumventing the court’s decision with their budget that not only takes away key parts of the ACA, but also ends Medicare as we know it and dismantles Medicaid, they out to get to work on improving the economy and creating jobs.”

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Action NC is a state partner of Health Care for America Now, the nation’s leading grassroots health care advocacy organization. HCAN led the fight to win passage of health reform and to keep Congress from being steamrolled by corporate special interests.