Affordable Health Care Act Ruled Constitutional

National LWV President Elisabeth MacNamara releases a statement by the Supreme Court, upholding the ACA (Affordable Care Act.


 From Elisabeth MacNamara, national League of Women Voters' President:

   “Today’s decision by the U.S. Supreme Court in Florida v. HHS upholding the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was surprising but deeply important.  This decision protects the health of millions of Americans.

“The Court recognized health care reform for what it is: a legislative response to complex issues threatening the health and well-being of Americans that was best resolved by the elected branch of government – the Congress.  The Court upheld this historic, transformative act of Congress,” added MacNamara.

 “Upholding the ACA brings our nation closer to the goal of this law: to provide universal health care for all Americans.  There are still threats to these critical reforms and the League will continue its work fighting for progress on many fronts,” MacNamara said.

 “Now that the law has been upheld, children will no longer be denied coverage due to pre-existing conditions, young adults can stay on their parents’ health plans as dependents until age 26, Medicare participants will have annual check-ups and mammograms, and many uninsured Americans will now have health care coverage.

 President of the Homewood-Flossmoor Area League, Erin Roeper, states, "Our League will continue to educate our community on the ACA and its pivotal impact on their lives and work to fully implement the law.  Health care for all must be the goal as we expand coverage to millions of Americans and preserve the ACA’s transformational reforms.  I agree with Ms. MacNamara who says, 'We expressed great hope when the ACA passed Congress in 2010 after decades of struggle.  Today, we look to a brighter future, a tomorrow that includes health care coverage for all Americans.'"

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Genvieve LaChappele June 29, 2012 at 03:04 AM
You forgot to mention how the Chief Justice said the penalty for not buying the insurace is a tax. He (Roberts) also ruled that the use of the commerce clause was unconsitutional. This law does not allow people to buy insurance across state lines to get the lowest premiums either. By the way, young people are going to need much more time than reaching 26 years old to find a job in this horrible economy. Selective reporting at best. Very transparant!
Genvieve LaChappele June 29, 2012 at 03:05 AM
Are there any conservative voices in the league of women voters? Are they tolerant? LOLOLOLOL
Erin Roeper June 29, 2012 at 03:00 PM
The LWV is a nonpartisan, political organization that has members of all political persuasions. We do NOT support or endorse candidates or political parties. Our organization has worked on the issue of health care for many decades. Before supporting this health care issue (as we do with with any issue such as privatization, redistricting, and campaign finance reform), we studied it, doing extensive research. We also held educational meetings (open to the public). Following our study on health care, our position states, "Promote a health care system for the United States that provides access to a basic level of quality care for all U.S. residents and controls health care costs." The League supported, supports, and welcomes this decision and thus we acknowledged it. We respect your right to disagree and welcome your comments.
Phillip R Baggs June 30, 2012 at 06:57 PM
Genvieve LaChappele June 30, 2012 at 10:01 PM
@Phiilip R Baggs. Thanks for the link. I was actually joking when I asked about conservative opinions being tolerated. Of course the LWV backs liberal candidates. They just don't have the guts to admit it. Actually I'm not against them doing so. I just would begin respecting them if they would have full disclosure of their agenda. This is America they are free to do as they wish.
Erin Roeper June 30, 2012 at 11:02 PM
Once the League establishes a position on an issue, it lobbies and advocates for that position. That is not party partisan, it is issue partisan, based on study. The You Tube video, over one year old, supports the LWV position on clean air.
Genvieve LaChappele June 30, 2012 at 11:11 PM
Not here to argue just expose truths. When was the last time this group supported anything other than Democrat candidates? This group is well within their rights to do so. I just have to laugh at the supposed objective guise in which this group supposedly operates under. Just call yourselves a liberal group and be honest. There is nothing wrong with a liberal women's group.
Genvieve LaChappele June 30, 2012 at 11:12 PM
Or how about a Progressive women's group?
Juvenal July 01, 2012 at 05:11 AM
The fact that the LVW claims to be nonpartisan is what is dangerous. If they want to be (as originally intended) an advocacy group emphasizing voter registration and awareness, fine.They claim they are about the "process" of voting but then start advocating the "substance" of policy. I guess they only represent the 39% of voters who favored the ACA and the Individual mandate. That's not illegal or anything, but lose the misleadingly "neutral" name and proclamations......
Phillip R Baggs July 01, 2012 at 12:11 PM
No different than NOW ignoring conservative women who are breaking the glass ceiling. Just admit it and move on.
Erin Roeper July 01, 2012 at 12:21 PM
From the responses above, it seems that there is need for clarification. LWV -- the organization -- does NOT endorse nor support candidates or political parties. LWV -- the organization -- DOES study issues, develops a position based on the study and consensus of its members, and then supports and advocates on issues. This includes health care, reproductive rights, clean air, voter ID, and many more, but the League as an organization does NOT support candidates or parties. Individuals -- who may be members of the League -- have every right as individuals to support candidates and or/political parties, but the organization does not. I invite you to attend meetings of any local LWV group. The public is always welcome.
Juvenal July 01, 2012 at 01:30 PM
<<This includes health care, reproductive rights, clean air, voter ID, and many more, but the League as an organization does NOT support candidates or parties.>> But -- they only support the issues primarily (often solely) supported by one major party. Just like the ACLU is "non-partisan".... BTW who in the H-F chapter has read the entire ACA which you now endorse?
FlossmoorMom July 01, 2012 at 07:40 PM
Thanks for the information Erin, sounds like a great group to join for round table discussions! I didn't really know much about the league, I appreciate the info!
Peg Boivin July 01, 2012 at 08:52 PM
As a 45+year member of the Homewood-Flossmoor League of Women Voters I would like to comment on some of the previous remarks. As was mentioned by Erin Roeper the League NEVER supports or opposed a candidate only issues after much study and consensus. However, any person, man or woman, who is a league member is very interested in the position of individual candidates on issues of concern and votes accordingly. Despite what one of the previous writers stated I am a REPUBLICAN Election Judge and have been for over 35 years. This does not make me a liberal or conservative only a person who researches every candidate and votes accordingly. The league helps with this by offering the opportunity to study issues and come to consensus before supporting a candidate whether they be Republican or Democrat. I would venture to guess that most league members do not vote a straight ticket.
SouthSide July 01, 2012 at 09:41 PM
Has anyone who has commented on it read it, cover to cover? I doubt it. But a lot of us who comment have a genreal knowledge of what it includes and doesn't include.
SouthSide July 01, 2012 at 09:43 PM
Oh, please. I've met many of the women in this League and I can tell you that they are not "Liberal." Just because people support a good idea for our nation doesn't make them left or right. It makes tham humane.
Genvieve LaChappele July 02, 2012 at 02:14 PM
Then why do they fund ads against political opponents?
Phillip R Baggs July 03, 2012 at 02:42 AM
Cook County Republicans and Democrats are in bed together.
Phillip R Baggs July 03, 2012 at 03:08 AM
Seriously ladies, your state has been decimated by corruption and you are promoting bills that will only add to our debt burden. You are fighting for bills that only help these common criminals stay in office. Why not go march with some baseball bats in front of Madigan's house?


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