BOSTON, Mass. (WWLP) — Beacon Hill has nothing but praise for the U.S. Supreme Courtâ€™s decision to uphold President Obamaâ€™s landmark national health care law.
â€śTodayâ€™s decision is a victory for the American people, a victory for the proper role of government and a victory for our system of constitutional checks and balances,â€ť said Gov. Deval Patrick.
Patrick said 30 million Americans without health care will now have it. President Obamaâ€™s Affordable Care Act will require everyone in the country to purchase health insurance and prevent companies from denying coverage to those with pre-existing conditions.
â€śThis is a very good day for us, for the country. But more importantly is upholds the Massachusetts health care law, which we have had in place now since 2006,â€ť said Senate President Therese Murray (D-Plymouth).
â€śWhat the law provides in terms of health care for all the citizens of this country, I think itâ€™s very important,â€ť said House Speaker Robert DeLeo (D-Winthrop).
Patrick rebuked former Governor Mitt Romney for his remarks following the Supreme Courtâ€™s decision. Romney said Obamaâ€™s national health care law, which was itself modeled after Romneyâ€™s Massachusetts health care bill, would slow business growth, add to the federal deficit and expand government.
â€śEvery one of the list of horrors Governor Romney now says will happen in America because of Obamacare, did not happen in Massachusetts because of Romney care,â€ť said Patrick.
Health advocates said the key changes weâ€™ll see in Massachusetts is more federal money that will allow the state to expand Medicaid and Mass Health and guarantee a free visit to your primary doctor once a year.
â€śThereâ€™ll be federal funding that comes to enhance our ability to expand our Mass Health program,â€ť said Amy Whitcomb Slemmer, the executive director at Health Care For All. â€śIt means we are solid for having coverage for folks up to age 26 and for seniors who live in Massachusetts it means â€¦the cost of their prescription drugs will become less.â€ť
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