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    Dodd Statement on Supreme Court Decision to Uphold Affordable Care Act

    WASHINGTON, DC – Former Senator Chris Dodd released the following statement on the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the health care reform law.

    “The most conservative Court in decades has ruled that the Affordable Care Act is constitutional, validating the work of President Obama and the Congress. Once and for all this should put to rest the attacks that have distracted the country from the important benefits the law offers the American people.

    “For decades, we have worked tirelessly as a nation to provide decent, affordable health care to all Americans. Throughout that struggle, we recognized that change is hard and progress is always a long and difficult road. With the Court’s decision, it is time now for all of us to come together and move forward on implementing the law so that our nation can fulfill its promise of making affordable, quality health care a right of all Americans.”

    When Chairman Kennedy became ill in 2008, he asked Senator Dodd to oversee the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions work on health care reform. On July 15, 2009, Senator Dodd phoned Chairman Kennedy to inform him that the committee had passed its version of health care reform, the first committee to pass health legislation that would later be combined into the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.