Rep. Barca Statement on Supreme Court Ruling Upholding Affordable Care Act Tax Credits
"Today’s court decision is an especially important victory for Wisconsin families, especially the 183,000 Wisconsinites – including 11,000 children – who stood to lose their health care coverage."
MADISON – Today Assembly Democratic Leader Peter Barca (D-Kenosha) issued the following statement on today’s 6-3 U.S. Supreme Court ruling upholding Affordable Care Act tax credits:
“Today’s court decision is an especially important victory for Wisconsin families, especially the 183,000 Wisconsinites – including 11,000 children – who stood to lose their health care coverage. Just yesterday the Governor made it clear he would not take any affirmative steps to ensure those families would continue to be covered had the decision gone the other way.
“Unfortunately, tens of thousands of Wisconsinites still cannot access health care – because extreme legislative Republicans refuse to enact the same law that all our neighboring states benefit from – at least in part due to Walker’s presidential posturing.
“Joining our Midwestern neighbors in reclaiming our federal health care investments would allow more than 80,000 Wisconsin citizens to access health care coverage at a savings of more than $360 million over the next two years and well over $2 billion over the decade. Providing health care access to more people at a lower cost to taxpayers is the right thing to do and it could help Wisconsin invest our tax dollars in our schools and communities.
“The people of Wisconsin are tired of legislative Republicans forcing them to take a back seat to Governor Walker’s political career. It’s time to do the right thing by taking the health care money.”
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