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DETROIT -- The UAW applauds today's health care ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court and President Obama for his courage in winning long-overdue reform that has already benefited millions of Americans.
"Now that the false arguments against the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act have been put to rest, we will continue to advocate for quality, cost-effective health care for our members and all Americans," said UAW President Bob King. "The UAW strongly supports health care reform. It's morally unacceptable to leave tens of millions of Americans with no insurance coverage, and it's economically unsustainable to force working families and retirees to bear the burden of out-of-control costs," King added.
"Even UAW members with excellent health insurance coverage worry about their children, many of whom are struggling to find work or working in jobs with no benefits," King said. "By allowing parents to keep children on their policy until age 26, the Affordable Care Act has already benefited thousands of our members."
King added that by increasing the number of Americans with coverage through subsidies and the individual mandate, the Affordable Care Act will reduce the burden of expensive, uncompensated care that is now borne by our members and their employers.
"We call on Governor Romney and Republicans in Congress to stop playing politics with the health care of the American people. Their continued pledge to repeal the law is a waste of time and would hurt millions of families. It's time to focus on the real business at hand -- strengthening our economy and putting Americans back to work."