SEIU: Republican Leaders Must Respect Supreme Court Decision to Uphold Affordable Care Act

Washington, DC–(ENEWSPF)–June 28, 2012.  SEIU President Mary Kay Henry issued this statement in response to House Republican plans to hold a vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act during the week of July 9.

“Earlier today, the Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act as fully constitutional, including expansion of care to 32 million Americans, a range of consumer protections from insurance company abuses, the creation of competitive marketplaces in states for individuals to purchase lower cost insurance and quality of care improvements.

“The United States Supreme Court has spoken: the Affordable Care Act is constitutional. For more than two years, extremists in Congress have teamed with insurance companies and corporations to spend millions to undermine the law and play politics with the health of Americans.

“If Speaker Boehner, Congressman Paul Ryan and Mitt Romney respect the Supreme Court and the Constitution of the United States and care about the health and financial security of millions of Americans, this must stop. Now is the time to put Americans and the future of our country first and focus on creating the kind of good jobs our country needs.”

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With 2.1 million members in Canada, the United States and Puerto Rico, SEIU is the fastest-growing union in the Americas. Focused on uniting workers in healthcare, public services and property services, SEIU members are winning better wages, healthcare and more secure jobs for our communities, while uniting their strength with their counterparts around the world to help ensure that workers–not just corporations and CEOs–benefit from today’s global economy.