WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court today issued an opinion in California v. Texas, a case that sought to strike down the Affordable Care Act, jeopardizing health care coverage for millions of Americans. The National Education Association — the nation’s largest union representing more than 3 million educators, health care workers and public employees — signed onto an amicus brief urging the court to uphold the health care law.
The following statement can be attributed to NEA President Becky Pringle:
“No matter our race, background, sex or ZIP code, everyone deserves access to affordable and high-quality health insurance. That’s why Congress passed the Affordable Care Act, and the Supreme Court has repeatedly upheld the constitutionality of the health care law as challenge after challenge has come before the court over the past decade. If there have been any lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic, it is that access to universal, quality and affordable health care is a matter of economic and national security. Today’s decision by the court sends yet another clear message that there is no appetite — legal or otherwise — to dismantle health insurance on which more than 21 million Americans depend.”