CHARLOTTE — LGBT advocacy and political organizations weighed in on both sides of the healthcare debate today, following the U.S. Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision upholding President Barack Obama’s landmark healthcare reform law including the legislation’s so-called individual mandate.
Signed into law last March, the Affordable Care Act requires individuals without insurance plans to maintain health insurance coverage or face a tax penalty. The law also includes several reforms and added regulatory guidelines for the private health insurance industry, does away with some restrictions on coverage for pre-existing conditions and expands access to coverage for children and youth.
Openly gay Gaston County Democratic Party Chair Robert Kellogg praised today’s court decision.
“This is a victory for America,” Kellogg said in a written release. “Those who are not a part of Mitt Romney’s 1 percent now have basic healthcare rights to affordable health care and cannot be denied coverage based on pre-existing conditions or economic status.”
Kellogg added, “I am proud of our president who has constantly stood up to corporate America and done the right thing for middle-class America.
Statewide LGBT advocacy and education group Equality North Carolina also praised the decision, saying the court’s ruling protects accessibility and affordability of health care for LGBT people.
“Equality NC applauds today’s Supreme Court ruling which upholds critical protections for LGBT people and their families. We celebrate this ruling and the benefits it will have in improving access to quality, affordable health care for LGBT people without discrimination,” responded Equality NC executive director, Stuart Campbell. “There is no doubt that this law will hugely benefit LGBT people in the coming years, including thousands of North Carolina individuals and families.”
The National Stonewall Democrats welcomed news of the court’s ruling.
“The Supreme Court did the right thing today in upholding the entirety of the and we applaud their reasoned decision,” said National Stonewall Democrats Executive Director Jerame Davis. “Health care is a significant piece
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