Connecticut AFL-CIO Reaction
The Connecticut AFL-CIO joins with the national AFL-CIO in expressing our relief that the Supreme Court has upheld the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act. As national AFL-CIO President Trumka said, “Today’s decision means that we can continue moving full speed ahead to implement and build upon the Affordable Care Act. We have no illusion that the destination has been reached, and we are more committed than ever to the hard work necessary to achieve our dream of quality health care for all.”
“Connecticut is in the position to lead the way in moving forward because of the state’s passage of health care reform laws passed in 2009 and 2011, said Secretary-Treasurer Lori Pelletier of the Connecticut AFL-CIO that lobbied for health care reform on the federal and state level.
President John Olsen said that “Labor has been actively involved in health care reform for decades because not only is it morally right to do so, but also makes sense from an economic point of view. American manufacturing companies, in particular, are at a distinct disadvantage when competing against industrialized countries that provide nationalized health care – and that costs the American worker much needed jobs. We need to solve the health care crisis in this country and the ACA moves us down that road.”
The Connecticut AFL-CIO represents 220,000 union members in our state.