06.25.15

Baldwin Statement on Supreme Court Ruling on the Affordable Care Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin released the following statement on today’s Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act:

“Congressional Republicans pushed a politically motivated lawsuit to repeal health care for millions of Americans. They lost and the American people won. Over 6 million people would have had their premium tax credits repealed; including 166,000 Wisconsinites, but this decision protects their health care security.

“The Affordable Care Act is working to provide affordable coverage to millions of people, to allow young adults to stay in their parents’ health plans, and to make sure insurance companies can no longer discriminate against sick people, or charge women more for their health care.

“It’s disappointing that Governor Walker supported this lawsuit, especially given the fact that he kicked 63,000 people off of their BadgerCare coverage and created a coverage gap for 27,000 people.  It is my hope that this historic decision from America’s highest court will put an end to his support for repealing health care for Wisconsin families and that he will do the right thing and accept a federal investment in our BadgerCare program instead of clinging to his plan to cover fewer people at a higher cost to Wisconsin taxpayers.  I also believe this Supreme Court decision should send a powerful message to Congressional Republicans.  The time is now for them to stop trying to advance their political proposals that would increase the deficit, raise health care taxes and premiums on families, and expand the number of uninsured people in Wisconsin and our country. It is time to continue moving the Affordable Care Act forward.”