June 17, 2021 News & Press Releases

What Democratic Leaders Are Saying About the Supreme Court Upholding the ACA

by Democratic Party of Virginia

Richmond, VA — Today, in an important victory over the latest extreme Republican attempt to strike down the Affordable Care Act, the Supreme Court ruled once again that the ACA is here to stay. As a result, Glenn Youngkin and the Virginia GOP are still sad that over half a million Virginians have gained affordable health care under Democratic leadership. 

Thanks to the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid expansion, over 550,000 Virginians have health care coverage and over 3.4 million Virginians with pre-existing conditions are protected. If Republicans had their way, nearly 800,000 Virginians would have lost their health care coverage. 

See below for reactions from Democratic leaders touting today’s momentous health care news.

President Joe Biden“A big win for the American people. 

There’s no better day than today to sign up for quality, affordable health care at http://HealthCare.gov.

With millions of people relying on the Affordable Care Act for coverage, it remains, as ever, a BFD. And it’s here to stay.”

President Barack Obama“Today, the Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act. Again. This ruling reaffirms what we have long known to be true: the Affordable Care Act is here to stay. [...] Now we need to build on the Affordable Care Act and continue to strengthen and expand it. That’s what @POTUS Biden has done through the American Rescue Plan, giving more families the peace of mind they deserve.”

Governor Ralph Northam“As a doctor, I saw just how many families went without quality, affordable health care before the passage of the Affordable Care Act. 

The #ACA has made a tremendous difference in the lives of hundreds of thousands of Virginians—and it is here to stay.” 

Terry McAuliffe“Let this be a lesson for Glenn Youngkin and his extreme Trump buddies: the ACA is the law of the land. Virginians deserve access to quality, affordable health care and I promise to keep fighting for them.”

Attorney General Mark Herring“BREAKING - We WON our case at SCOTUS to protect your healthcare! 

By a 7-2 majority, the Court upholds the Affordable Care Act. If Republican AGs and Trump had won, hundreds of thousands of Virginians could have lost their healthcare and protections for preexisting conditions.”

Del. Hala Ayala“Here in Virginia, we know a thing or two about expanding and protecting access to affordable health care.

Thank you, @MarkHerringVA, for never backing down from that fight! This is why we need more Democratic AGs, and why we must re-elect Mark this November!”

Senator Tim Kaine“Good news. Now can we finally focus on making the ACA better instead of fighting off GOP efforts to strip health care from millions?”

Senator Mark Warner“For the third time, SCOTUS has ruled to leave the Affordable Care Act in place. Without the ACA, 20 million Americans could lose their health care coverage. I plan to continue to work in the Senate to protect our health care.”

Rep. Bobby Scott“This was another baseless lawsuit against the ACA. This decision will protect millions of Americans’ access to affordable health care, secure coverage for people with pre-existing conditions, and maintain critical protections that patients rely on every day. #ProtectOurCare” 

Rep. Jennifer Wexton“SCOTUS just dismissed the challenge to the Affordable Care Act! 

Ths is a victory for the millions of Americans who will have their healthcare preserved and a blow to the years long effort by the GOP to overturn its protections for our most vulnerable.” 

Rep. Abigail Spanberger“This is welcome news for millions of Virginians — including hundreds of thousands of Central Virginians who live with a pre-existing condition.

This hyper-partisan and reckless lawsuit was a political ploy, and I'm glad to see the Supreme Court reject it.”

Rep. Elaine Luria“Thanks to @MarkHerringVA and other brave state AGs, SCOTUS ensured the ACA would not be repealed and secured coverage for millions of Americans.”

Rep. Gerry Connolly“After 11 years of Republican attempts to rip away your health care, the ACA is here to stay!” 

Rep. Don Beyer“The Affordable Care Act: Still. The. Law.”