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YDA statement on the Supreme Court’s historic ruling on the Affordable Care Act


Statement from YDA President Rod Snyder:

“The Young Democrats of America (YDA) praises the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act, ensuring that tens of millions of Americans have access to basic health care.  From this day forward, health care in the United States will be a right for all Americans, not a privilege for those who can afford it.

“While the political implications of today’s decision will be widely debated, it’s important to remember what this was really about.  No one should die because they can’t afford health care.  No one should go broke because they get sick.

“Since the passage of the Affordable Care Act, 3.1 million young Americans have health insurance through their parents’ plans, children can no longer be denied coverage because of pre-existing conditions, and you can no longer be penalized for simply being a woman.

“For many young people, today is a reminder of why we are involved in the political process.  Elections have consequences.  We elected a president in 2008 who was committed to addressing a broken health care system in the U.S.  We fought alongside a Democratic Congress to pass a law in 2010 that extended coverage to tens of millions of Americans who were previously uninsured.  And today we celebrate that the progress has been preserved by the Supreme Court.

“Republicans are vowing to repeal the Affordable Care Act if they control Congress and the White House next year.  Now more than ever, YDA is committed to electing Democrats who will make certain that we never roll back the clock to a time when basic health care was a question of economic status.  We will fight to ensure that our children grow up in a nation with a moral imperative to care for the sick.  This is a fundamental value of our generation, and it is what’s at stake in this November’s election.”

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