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opinion | Taking Stock of the Health Care Ruling

Mass. must remain a model on health care

THURSDAY’S DECISION by the Supreme Court to uphold the 2010 federal health care law, by a 5-4 vote, is a victory for the health and financial security of Americans. With the mandate in place, the federal government can implement key insurance reform provisions that ensure that America will no longer be a country where individuals can be excluded from health insurance coverage because they are, have been, or will be ill.

This decision allows the Affordable Care Act to move forward to provide insurance coverage to more than 30 million Americans, to control the costs and improve the quality of US health care, and to lower the budget deficit. Congratulations to the tens of millions of uninsured Americans, the tens of millions more who face the risk of becoming uninsured, and the hundreds of millions who will ultimately benefit from a less expensive and higher quality health care system.

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