NASHVILLE – Tennessee Young Democrats President Sean Braisted released the following statement in response to the decision by the Supreme Court to uphold the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, which provides and strengthens health care coverage for millions of Americans.
“The 2010 Affordable Care Act allows for hundreds of thousands of young Americans to stay on their parent’s health insurance throughout college and as they start out life on their own. This provision alone has saved thousands of lives of people who previously could not have afforded care for chronic illnesses or emergencies.
“I am extremely pleased with the Supreme Court decision to uphold the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act and allow the state and federal governments to move forward with implementing key provisions that will expand access to affordable care for millions of working families across America and in Tennessee.
“Republicans have already shown they are still going to stick their heads in the sand and vote to repeal a law passed by a majority of Congress, signed by the President, and affirmed by a Supreme Court majority led by the Republican-appointed Chief Justice.
“Americans and Tennesseans deserve better. We need leaders who will work in a bi-partisan fashion to further enhance and expand the Affordable Care Act to drive health care prices even lower and hold large insurance companies accountable, not the political theater being offered by the Republican leadership in Tennessee and in Washington.