Quote of the Day

"Earlier today, the Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, the name of the healthcare reform we passed two years ago. In doing so, they've reaffirmed a fundamental principle: That, here in America, in the wealthiest nation on earth, no illness or accident should lead to any family's financial ruin. I know there will be a lot of discussion today about the politics of all this, about who won and who lost—that's how these things tend to be viewed here in Washington—but that discussion completely misses the point. Whatever the politics, today's decision was a victory for people all over this country, whose lives will be more secure because of this law and the Supreme Court's decision to uphold it."—President Barack Obama.

I still have real concerns with the Affordable Care Act. It's got problems, not least of which is that it's not enough. But I am very relieved the Supreme Court upheld it today, in the hope—possibly futile, but hope nonetheless—that this is a meaningful step on a path toward universal coverage.

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