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Kucinich: Obamacare Ruling Just the Beginning

Congressman representing Westlake reacts to Supreme Court decision

Following Thursday's , Congressman Dennis Kucinich, who represents Westlake, released a statement:

“Today’s ruling demonstrates that health care is not the third rail in American politics. It demonstrates that reform is possible. It demonstrates that Medicare for All is inevitable.

“The Affordable Care Act provided health care to those most vulnerable among us – those of the lowest income – by expanding Medicaid, a health insurance program for low-income Americans. It provided much-needed benefits.

“In today’s ruling, the Supreme Court held that states have the power to reject that expansion and maintain the status quo. That means that in states in which the governor decides not to prioritize providing health care to the poor, even though the federal government is paying for the vast majority of the expansion, the poor can be left out in the cold.

“Today is an important day for millions of Americans who will not be denied benefits under the Affordable Care Act. But this is not the end of the conversation. Medicare for All is the solution America needs to stop the ever-rising costs of health care and provide full coverage for everyone. I supported the Affordable Health Care Act as a step in the right direction, but it is only the first step in a long journey.

“States are not waiting for Congress to act. Vermont is moving forward on a single payer system, led by a push from small and medium-sized businesses who are getting crushed by health care costs. California has passed a Medicare for All system out of their legislature twice only to be vetoed by the Republican governor. Fourteen of the fifteen studies have showed that if a state went for a Medicare for All system, it would be cost neutral or save up to $19 billion per year while at the same time insuring everyone and improving the quality of care. Congress must help the states fulfill the will of their constituents."

cindy June 28, 2012 at 08:46 PM
You are right Dennis U should run for Kasich's Job . Then we could all have medicare and a one payee system in OHIO
Ruby Lee June 30, 2012 at 12:38 AM
Dennis' vote put ACA over the top in 2010. He can aptly be called Barack Obama's stooge. http://human.lostinthegarden.com/dennis-kucinich
John Dooley June 30, 2012 at 08:53 AM
The so-called Affordable Care Act is a total farce in that it will not be "affordable" and is not about extending "care" to the less fortunate. That could have been done at a fraction of the projected cost of this bureaucratic nightmare. In the not-too-distant future, this will lead to severe rationing (especially to the elderly) and collapse our entire health care system. That is the real goal of Obamacare. In case Dennis hasn't noticed, America is in deep trouble and cannot afford the enormous increased costs of this health care monstrosity. A single payer system may sound nice, but I cannot comprehend why some people feel the federal government can do anything better than the private sector? It has never happened yet. Health care is too important to entrust to government bureaucrats. Dennis (like his puppet master, Obama) is either not very bright or not being honest about the real objective of Obamacare; control the American people by limiting their access to health care.
Tom Horwitz June 30, 2012 at 12:36 PM
Dennis - if you believe that this law is so great, why did you need a ride on Air Force One before you agreed to vote for it? Has your Syrian buddy Bashar al-Assad shared his opinion of the ACA with you? Now that your Congressional days are almost over, maybe you can get a job as his spokesman.
Chris Morton June 30, 2012 at 05:46 PM
Dennis "Doctor Who" Kucinich is a laughingstock, and no matter who or what replaces him, I'm deeply relieved that he'll no longer be my Congressman. If he'd never existed, the writers on "Family Guy" would have had to have created him.

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