Capps lauds decision on health care law; McCarthy wants it repealed

As Democratic Congresswoman Lois Capps heralded today’s U.S. Supreme Court decision upholding President Obama’s landmark health care law, Republican Congressman Kevin McCarthy urged Congress to repeal it.

Capps and McCarthy were among the political representatives of the Central Coast area who sent out reactions shortly after the Supreme Court’s decision was announced.

In a statement, Capps said she was grateful that women will have access to contraceptives “without burdensome co-pays or co-insurance,” Americans with pre-existing conditions won’t be denied coverage, and low- and moderate-income families will receive tax credits to help them afford insurance.

According to Capps, nearly 10,000 young adults on the Central Coast now have health insurance because of the law, and more than 500 small businesses have received tax credits to make health insurance more affordable.

Meanwhile, McCarthy stated that the Supreme Court’s decision makes it clear that it is now up to Congress to repeal “the impending health care tax increases on American families.”

“More than two years after its passage, healthcare costs have gone up and millions of Americans are at risk of losing their current coverage,” he said. “The impact of pending tax hikes on hardworking families and small businesses in California and across the country, massive new debt-fueled spending and the proliferation of burdensome regulations is adding to the uncertainty that is already holding back economic growth and job creation.”

He said representatives cannot make reforms that will lower costs, “protect American innovation and provide certainty to American families and small business owners” unless the law is repealed.

U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer, a California Democrat, also issued a statement on the decision, calling it “great news for the millions of Californians who have already seen the benefits of this law — including the 6 million who now have access to free preventive health services, 355,000 young adults who now have coverage on their parents’ health plans and 320,000 seniors who have received help in paying for their prescription drugs.”

More reaction from SLO County residents

Candy Markwith | CEO, Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center:

“We supported the enactment of the law because we believe providing coverage to the uninsured is an important part of improving our nation’s health care system. At Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center, we remain focused on our mission to provide high-quality care to all of our patients and to serve our community.”Lloyd H. Dean, president-CEO of Dignity Health, owner of French Hospital Medical Center and Arroyo Grande Community Hospital:“This is a victory for patient care. While it is not a perfect bill, the Affordable Care Act does enable us to finally bring the American health care system into the 21st century. The real value of this legislation is that it changes the financing system so that we are incentivized for quality.”

Clint Pearce | Madonna Enterprises real estate manager:

“My personal feeling is that the availability of health care for pretty much our whole population was inevitable at some time. There are pros and cons on both sides. Some small businesses truly will be put out of business because of this, but I’m sure there will be individuals that without the law would get sick and die. We have at any given time about 200 employees, and they are similar to family for us. We’ve always made health care available to all of them, so it won’t affect us much at all.”

Dr. Penny Borenstein | director, San Luis Obispo County Public Health Department:

“The Supreme Court decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act is great news for public health efforts in this county as it will enable thousands, perhaps 25,000, of our county residents a new opportunity to access health care services. We think, whether or not you have insurance already, it’s going to strengthen the overall health care system benefitting everyone. We do pay for the uninsured whether we realize it or not. And they get sicker and require more costly care because they put off health care. One of the lesser-talked-about provisions of this law is the requirement for insurers to cover preventive services that have been found to be very effective and are very cost effective. All of those screening opportunities and immunizations that will be made available to everyone at no cost are going to save us a lot of costs on the other end.”