Columbus - Ohio Senate Minority Leader Eric H. Kearney (D-Cincinnati) released the following statement today after the U. S. Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act:
"I applaud the U.S. Supreme Court for standing with the Obama Administration and declaring the Affordable Care Act constitutional. This is a victory for Americans including many Ohioans who struggle with paying rising healthcare costs.
"Since the passage of this landmark reform, 86 million Americans have benefited from free preventative services such as wellness visits and mammograms. That is a victory.
"As a result of the Affordable Care Act, Ohio health centers have received $74.7 million to create new health centers that expand preventative and primary healthcare services. That is a victory.
"In addition, approximately 100,000 young people in Ohio have been able to stay on their parent's health insurance until the age of 26. That is a victory.
"I now call upon Governor Kasich and his leadership team to continue providing hard working families the healthcare security that they rightfully deserve and act on the healthcare legislation sponsored by Senator Michael Skindell. It is time for us to stop being complacent and make investments in the health and well-being of Ohio families.
"This should not be a partisan debate. The healthcare of Americans should be a top priority in sustaining our country. It is time for our leaders to stand up and do what is good and necessary for the country."