As many of our Readers already know, the Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act, deciding that the individual mandate requiring people to have health insurance is valid as a tax.
Several local politicians have shared their opinions on this case, and we’ve collected them below:
Congressman Jim McDermott:

“This is a HUGE victory for the American people. I always believed the law would withstand this attack by Tea Party Republicans like Washington State’s Attorney General, Rob McKenna. Now that the court has reaffirmed what we all knew, the President and Congress can finish building the ‘house of health’ in which all Americans will have health security.
“In 2014, 32 million newly insured Americans will come into the health-care system under a commonsense plan that was originally a Republican idea. Republicans will continue to push their agenda to take away the health care of those Americans who are not wealthy or lucky enough to have a job that covers them, and to end Medicare and Medicaid.
“I think the Republican agenda of no safety net and you’re-on-your-own economics is bad for America. I’ll be pushing in the opposite direction – for the financially sustainable, high-quality health security that ALL Americans deserve.”

Julia Patterson, King County Councilmember released the following statement today:

“Access to quality and affordable health care is now going to be a basic human right in this country. I am pleased that the Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act ensuring that millions of Americans without insurance will no longer be denied access. This decision affects all by impacting families, our health care system and our economy.”
“The health of King County residents and that of King County’s economy and will be better off with the United States Supreme Court’s ruling today to uphold the Affordable Care Act. The dream, and now the reality, of healthcare for all is within reach after decades of struggling in vain to reduce the number of uninsured residents in our county and state.

King County Councilmember Larry Phillips:

“With implementation of the Affordable Care Act, we will be able to increase the health and stability of King County families as well as that of small businesses, and reduce the amount of charity care shifted to hospitals and local governments like King County. This is a great and historic day for King County and all Americans.”

King County Executive Dow Constantine quickly chimed in Thursday morning, applauding the court for upholding the act.

“I celebrate the Supreme Court’s ruling to uphold the Affordable Care Act,” he said. “A stable, healthier future has been made possible by this ruling. This is affirmation of our nation-wide bold move toward achieving quality affordable healthcare, and we are moving in the right direction. And for the nearly quarter of a million people in King County who do not have health insurance this is truly a welcome life-and-death decision.”
“I would like to extend my thanks to the members of our Washington State congressional delegation who championed the Affordable Care Act. They should be proud of their work on this historic legislation.
“Even as today’s ruling upholds the Affordable Care Act, we are not going to rest on our laurels and turn away from efforts to reach those in need; we will continue to make the healthcare system more efficient. We owe it to our residents to keep searching for solutions to the healthcare issues that affect both their money and their health.”