Transcript: Sen. Dick Durbin’s statement on the Supreme Court health care ruling

Edited by Jenny Jiang

Transcript of remarks by Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) on the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act on June 28, 2012:

“Republicans said that Affordable Care Act was unconstitutional and unnecessary. Today, in this 193-page opinion, the Supreme Court made it clear that the Affordable Care Act, signed by President Obama, passed by Congress, is constitutional. Period.

“The highest court in the land has spoken, and they have told us what we did fits within our constitutional authority.

“Is it necessary? I’d take that issue on in my state of Illinois with Republicans who argue we shouldn’t do anything.

“Explain that to the families – the 102,000 25-year-olds who now have health insurance coverage through their families.

“Explain that to the literally to millions of uninsured people in Illinois who no longer have to worry about pre-existing conditions, denying coverage to a child, or lifetime limits cutting off chemotherapy mid-course.

“Explain that to the thousands and thousands of senior citizens across America who are now getting a helping hand paying for their prescription drugs.

“We also know that expanding Medicaid – offering the expansion of Medicaid – means that people will be paying-patients going into the hospitals.

“Today, they estimate that only 1% – 1% – of America will end up in the category of those who decide they don’t want any insurance at all. I think those people are shirking their personal responsibility. When they are brought into health care coverage, it’s fair for every family, every business, everybody in America.

“The bottom line is the President said it is time for us to put some of these political battles behind us and join together on a bipartisan basis to not only tackle this problem – to make health care more affordable and to make it more reasonable for people across America – but as the majority leader said to tackle the larger, more challenging problem of creating more good-paying jobs in America.

“We’ll come back after the Fourth of July recess with a specific proposal to help small businesses hire more people.

“It’d be a breath of fresh air if the bipartisanship that we’ve seen for the past several weeks in the Senate will continue when it comes to the small business jobs bill.

“We should work together – Democrats and Republicans – for affordable health care and for more good-paying jobs in America.”

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