For Immediate Release: Thursday, June 28, 2012
Better UTAH On ACA Ruling: The Time For Politics Is Over
As a result of today’s Supreme Court ruling, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is now the law of the land, including the so-called “individual mandate” originally proposed by The Heritage Foundation, promoted by conservative Republicans and passed in Massachusetts by Republican Governor and Presidential candidate, Mitt Romney.
The Alliance for a Better UTAH says Utah’s elected officials should “stop decrying the law for political purposes and get down to the business of bringing Utah’s creativity and resources to the table to implement the law for the benefit of Utah’s citizens.”
“Senators Hatch and Lee, along with Governor Herbert and several conservative members of the Utah Legislature flooded the airwaves this morning with partisan attacks on so-called ‘Obamacare,’ attacking the Supreme Court rather than acknowledging that the ACA is now the law of the land” says Maryann Martindale, Executive Director of the Alliance for a Better UTAH. “We are asking our elected officials to leave the electioneering and political rhetoric at the door.
“There are parts of the ACA that are wildly popular and there are parts that are wildly misunderstood. No one disagrees that sick children shouldn’t be denied coverage, or that an insurance company shouldn’t be able to drop an insured when they get sick. Our elected officials should be working to implement the Affordable Care Act for the benefit of Utah’s citizens and working within the law to provide substantive alternatives to make the law better, rather than continuing with their hyper-partisan attacks.”