Greensboro, NC -- The headline everyone is talking about on Thursday is "The Supreme Court Of The United States Upholds Health Insurance Mandate."
Below are statements from several Congressmen from North Carolina.
Senator Richard Burr: "The Court has now fulfilled its obligation as final arbiter of the constitutionality of the President's health care law, and I thank them for their service. While the Court has been reviewing this law for months, American families and businesses have been reviewing it for years, and they have rendered their verdict as well. People on both sides of the health care debate will spend the days and weeks to come discussing the impact of today's ruling, but a few things remain clear: our health care system is broken, costs remain unchecked, and outcomes are not improving. I remain committed to addressing these concerns and fulfilling our obligation to the American people to lower health care costs, expand coverage and choice, and build on the innovation that sets America apart from the rest of the world."
Representative Brad Miller: "The status quo in America has been paying twice as much for health care as other developed countries, and Americans aren't as healthy and don't live as long. Something had to give. Now we need to make the reform work."
Senate President Pro Temore Phil Berger: "The North Carolina Senate does not intend to take up the Health Care Exchange bill this session. The General Assembly needs time to process and understand this mixed ruling on Obamacare."
Congresswoman Virginia Foxx: "I am greatly troubled by the Supreme Court's decision today validating the President's unprecedented overreach into the lives of American citizens, and recasting Obamacare as a tax on the American people."
Commissioner Wayne Goodwin, NC Dept. of Insurance: "The Department of Insurance will continue to do what is within its authority to protect North Carolina consumers and maintain a well-regulated insurance market in our state.
The Department of Insurance has a long-standing tradition of assisting people who have insurance-related questions and concerns. We stand ready to help North Carolinians better understand their rights and responsibilities regarding health insurance under state and federal laws."
Governor Bev Perdue: "This morning's Supreme Court ruling will be welcome news for the approximately 95,000 young people ages 19 to 25 who will be able to stay on their family's health insurance plan because of this law.
It's welcome news for the approximately 539,000 North Carolina children with preexisting medical conditions, because this law prevents insurance companies from denying these children coverage.
And it's welcome news for women in North Carolina, who will get preventative health services, like cervical cancer screenings, mammograms, well-woman visits and domestic violence screenings; for seniors, who will benefit from a stronger Medicare and from more affordable prescription drugs; and for families, who will no longer have to worry constantly about having their coverage canceled or about being harmed by lifetime caps on patient care.
I am committed to continuing to move forward, and to keep fighting to ensure that all North Carolinians have affordable, reliable health coverage that they can count on."
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