Supreme Court Ruling is Green Light for Health Care Reform

St. Paul, Minnesota, June 28, 2012 - The hundreds of thousands of Minnesotans struggling to get by without adequate health insurance have renewed hope today, thanks to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling upholding the Affordable Care Act.

The ruling is a critical step forward in providing accessible, affordable and adequate insurance coverage for all Minnesotans. Families at all incomes are currently living with fear and uncertainty because they have little or no access to affordable health care. A single illness or injury can devastate a family’s budget in these difficult economic times.

Minnesota can now move forward with implementing the law, which addresses many of the barriers that keep people from getting adequate health insurance coverage at a cost they can afford.

The decision was desperately needed because we are at a tipping point. Nearly half a million Minnesotans have no health insurance at all, and many others have inadequate health coverage. Employer-sponsored health care has been declining, the population is aging and requires more care, and affordable health insurance for working families through MinnesotaCare is in danger of disappearing.

Today’s ruling creates momentum for tackling these challenges and creating a health care system that works for everyone.

- Christina Wessel, Minnesota Budget Project Deputy Director