U.S. Supreme Court protects thousands of Coloradans already benefiting from health care reform

Thursday, June 28th, 2012
CONTACT: Joanne Schwartz, Executive Director at 303-991-1900

DENVER: ProgressNow Colorado, the state’s largest online progressive advocacy organization, celebrated Thursday the upholding of Obamacare, a.k.a. the Affordable Care Act, by the United States Supreme Court.

“Today’s decision is a lifesaving victory for millions of Americans who will be able to get health coverage,” said ProgressNow Colorado executive director Joanne Schwartz. “Today’s upholding of Obamacare is a victory for thousands of Colorado citizens who are already benefiting from Obamacare’s protections for sick children, women, rural residents who need better health care, and small businesses who will get tax breaks to provide their workers with coverage. Millions of Coloradans can rest easy knowing there are no more lifetime caps on health coverage benefits.”

“It’s time for the right wing’s campaign of fear and lies against health care reform to end,” said Schwartz. “The mandate for health insurance coverage originally was the right wing’s idea. The health insurance mandate was first implemented in Massachusetts by Gov. Mitt Romney. Everyone in America is part of our health care system, and a risk pool that includes everyone is the only way to make health care sustainable in America.”

“In 2010, Colorado voters rejected an attempt to undermine Obamacare in a statewide vote against Amendment 63,” said Schwartz. “Our legislators have established a key component of Obamacare in our new health insurance exchange law. Now, there is no more doubt: the court has upheld the law, and the people of Colorado have spoken. Now it’s time to move forward.”