Majority Leader Schumer Floor Remarks On The Supreme Court Ruling Upholding The Affordable Care Act: “The ACA Is Here To Stay”

June 17, 2021

Washington, D.C.   Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) today spoke on the Senate floor regarding the United States Supreme Court 7-2 ruling to uphold the Affordable Care Act. Below are Senator Schumer’s remarks, which can also be viewed here:

Ever since Democrats passed the Affordable Care Act—expanding health coverage and access to tens of millions of Americans—we have had to fight tooth and nail to preserve the law from partisan Republican attacks.

For more than a decade, the assault on our health care law was relentless, from Republicans in Congress, from the executive branch itself, and from Republican attorneys general in the courts. In a landmark vote, we in the Senate prevented the Republicans from repealing the ACA in 2017.

Each time, in each arena, the Affordable Care Act has prevailed.

And once again today, the United States Supreme Court, in a 7-2 ruling, upheld the Affordable Care Act in the face of another legal challenge.

So let me say definitively: the Affordable Care Act has won. The Supreme Court has just ruled: the ACA is here to stay.

And now, we’re going to try to make it bigger and better—establish, once and for all, affordable health care as a basic right of every American citizen. What a day.