Just after 10 a.m. the Supreme Court handed down its ruling upholding President Barack Obama’s health care plan.
The court ruled 5-4 that the Affordable Care Act was constitutional.
Shortly after the decision, Queens politicians took to Twitter to comment on the ruling. Here’s a collection the pol’s reactions:
Congressmember Gregory Meeks: “ACA ensures children and young adults will stay on their parent insurance until age 26. ACA means that seniors are paying less for their prescription medication. With this decision, Americans will continue to benefit from the expanded access to quality, affordable health insurance.”
Congressmember Carolyn Maloney: “Today’s SCOTUS decision is one of the most historic in our lifetimes and a huge win for the American people. Proud to have helped pass ACA.”
Congressmember Joe Crowley: “Thrilled SCOTUS upheld health care law! Great victory for the American people!”
Congressmember Steve Israel: “By upholding the ACA, the Supreme Court has ensured that millions of Americans will benefit from critical consumer protections.”
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand: “Very pleased SCOTUS upheld Obamacare. Middle class needs access to affordable care and deserve the important benefits this law provides.”
Congressmember BobTurner: “Today’s SCOTUS ruling is a shame for Americans, small businesses and all in need of care.”
Congressmember Nydia Velazquez: “SCOTUS’ health care ruling ends health discrimination against women and means children with preexisting conditions are not denied coverage.”
Governor Andrew Cuomo: “The Affordable Care Act will provide access to health care to millions of Americans nationwide ans more than 1 million New Yorkers.”
Council Speaker Christine Quinn: “The Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act is great news for our city, state and nation.”
Public Advocate Bill de Blasio: “Hear that? It’s 43 million Americans breathing a sigh of relief, Affordable Care Act upheld.”
State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman: “SCOTUS decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act is an historic victory for the 32 million Americans who will gain health care coverage.”
Assemblymember Hakeem Jeffries, who is running for Congress in the 8th District which includes parts of Queens, issued a statement on the ruling.
“The Supreme Court has spoken and President Obama’s historic health care reform is now the law of the land. As I said during my campaign, I plan to go to Washington to work with the president, and one of my priorities is making sure that this new law is implemented fairly and effectively. I am also hopeful that Congressional Republicans will end their single-minded attempts to overturn or weaken this landmark law. With so many other challenges facing us, Congress needs to start its work on issues that will move our great nation forward.”