Response to the Supreme Court decision Thursday, June 28 to
uphold the Affordable Care Act.
"The decision allows the federal government to continue on the road
to universal health coverage by requiring individuals to either
have minimum coverage or pay the health care tax to the IRS. Call
it a tax, call it a mandate: the outcome is the same."
Said Cheryl Hanna, Professor of Law at Vermont Law School, in an
email to Vermont Business Magazine.
"It is a good day for 30 million uninsured Americans who will have
access to healthcare... It is an especially good day for the state
of Vermont, which stands to receive hundreds of millions of dollars
in additional federal funds to help our state achieve universal
health care... I am proud that Vermont is making steady progress
toward implementing a single-payer system. I hope our state will be
a model to show the rest of the nation how to provide better care
at less cost to more people."
Said Sen. Bernie Sanders after the announcement.
"Today's decision means that the coast is now clear for Vermont to
lead the way with even more ambitious reforms to deliver lower
costs and better quality care for all... that means we have been
given a giant green light to move forward with what may be the
nation's most ambitious health care reform plan. The result will be
lower costs, better care and a model for other states to
Said VPIRG Executive Director Paul Burns.
"It will bankrupt America. It will destroy our healthcare system.
The law must now be repealed."
Said Mat Staver, Founder and President of Liberty Counsel and Dean
of Liberty University School of Law.
"The opposition is using the fear of the unknown to kind of derail
Said Peter Sterling, executive director of Vermont Campaign for
Health Care Security Education Fund, a 501(c)(4) non-profit
organization that plans to launch a media and grassroots campaign
supporting publicly funded health care system. Sterling hopes to
counter the anti-reform message.