Everyone should have health care; Supreme Court upholds Affordable Care Act

Groups gather outside of U.S. Supreme Court for ruling on Affordable Care Act

Today the U.S. Supreme Court, by a 5-4 vote, upheld the 2010 health-care law, the Affordable Care Act. The majority opinion was written by Chief Justice John Roberts. Faith groups and United Methodists offer comments on the ruling:

The Affordable Care Act will provide cost savings to UMC annual conferences.

I expect our conference’s annual health-care costs to go from $15,500 to $6,000 per appointment. We should reduce health-care spending from just over $5 million a year to barely above $2 million. [...] Quite frankly, without the Affordable Care Act I don't see how we will be able to continue to provide health insurance as a conference.

Lonnie Chafin, Treasurer for Northern Illinois Annual Conference

The United Methodist Church believes health care is a basic human right.

The United Methodist Church’s historic position that health care is a basic human right is informed by our biblical and theological witness. Everyone should have health care.

Jim Winkler, General Secretary and the Rev. Cynthia Abrams, Director of Alcohol, Other Addictions & Health Care for the General Board of Church and Society

Read United Methodist social-justice agency celebrates Supreme Court health-care ruling

Faith groups highlight benefits of the Affordable Care Act and the need for access

The faith community understands and endorses the government's legitimate and necessary role in promoting the common good.

We saw the passage of health care reform as a statement about reclaiming the moral compass of our country. Now, as we look beyond the political ideologies that have framed this national conversation, we see the millions of people who already are experiencing the benefits of health care reform:

  • Children with pre-existing conditions who can no longer be excluded from coverage on their parents’ health insurance.
  • Young adults who now have coverage on their parents’ policies.
  • Senior adults who have received rebates for prescription drugs that had to be purchased once they reached the coverage gap; and senior adults who are now receiving annual preventive care check-ups with no out-of-pocket expenses.
  • Women who can no longer be charged higher premiums because of their gender, and who are receiving mammograms and pap smears with no out of pocket expenses.

Read Faith Groups Applaud U.S. Supreme Court for Upholding Affordable Care Act.