SPRINGFIELD, Ill.—Reaction from across Illinois to Thursday’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling to uphold the vast majority of President Barack Obama’s historic health care overhaul:
“It was a great, great day for health care in Illinois and in our country.”—Democratic Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn.
“Obamacare will lead to the implosion of our health care system, an explosion of our national debt and economic uncertainty for millions of job creators.” Illinois Republican Party Chairman Pat Brady.
“This decision means that we can move forward...It is also noteworthy that after two controversial, activist decisions in Bush v. Gore and Citizens United, the Chief Justice, in both the Arizona immigration law and the Affordable Care Act cases, appears to be working to reestablish the political neutrality of this court. That is a positive development.”—Democratic U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin.
“Congress should repeal the health care law and replace it with common sense, centrist reforms that give Americans the right to buy insurance across state lines and expand coverage without raising taxes, while blocking the government from coming between patients and their doctors.”—Republican U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk.
“It will drive up health care costs and put yet another financial burden on our already struggling small businesses.”—State Sen. Bill Brady, a Bloomington Republican and co-chairman of a legislative study on formation of the state health insurance exchange as part of Illinois’ implementation of the law.
“It’s wonderful.”—Becky Morefield, 51, of Mahomet, Ill., who says the health law allowed her son Tucker to die peacefully at home with private health insurance covering his care.
“The President’s health care plan is an unworkable mega-bill that will destroy small businesses, kill jobs, stunt economic growth and bankrupt the nation.”—U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh, a Republican from suburban Chicago.
“I think it’s a very sad day for this country, for our medical industry and for our health in this country.”—Margo Criscuola, 66, of Chicago, who is worried that a controversial board created by the health overhaul will ration care and dictate treatments to doctors.
“This will literally help people live who before this law, if they were sick and couldn’t afford care or couldn’t switch health policies, were sentenced to death or poverty or both.”—U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez, a Chicago Democrat.
“I’m disappointed that the court did not put a stop to the government overreach.”—U.S. Rep. Judy Biggert, a Republican from suburban Chicago.
“Now that the court—in an opinion authored by its conservative Chief Justice—has given its seal of approval to this law, the time has come for Republicans to put the economic interests of working families ahead of the political interest of their party. The time has come for a bipartisan commitment in Washington to fully implement the Affordable Care Act, so we can help cure the ailing U.S. economy.”—Keith Kelleher, President of SEIU Healthcare Illinois and Indiana.
“Americans can now live more secure, knowing that their health and well-being are no longer tied to the whims and greed of the big insurance companies.”—Barbara Franklin, President of the Illinois Alliance for Retired Americans.
“Today, the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision kept the door open for millions of LGBT Americans to gain access to high-quality, affordable health care. Regardless of the rationale, the ruling ultimately affirms that access to health care in the United States is a right that all people in America should possess, especially those who have experienced the greatest disparities.”—Jamal M. Edwards, president and CEO OF Howard Brown Health Center.