Health and Love Win!

Last week saw several decisions by the U.S. Supreme Court. Two landmark decisions concern the Affordable Care Act and same-sex marriage.

While Minnesota has a state health insurance exchange program (MNSURE) and wasn’t directly affected by the case, the U.S. Supreme Court found that subsidies gained through the federal Affordable Care Act website are, in fact, constitutional. Hopefully, this will be the last of the many Republican attempts to undermine this profoundly important law. Thanks to the law and the subsidies it provides, millions of Americans now have affordable health insurance. This is good for them, of course, but also for a national economy in great need of their full participation.

In its second big decision of the week, the Supreme Court found that same-sex marriage is a right guaranteed under the U.S. Constitution. Sixteen states still ban same-sex marriages, but the court’s decision nullifies those bans.

Minnesota played a leading role among the states in legalizing same-sex marriage, with voters rejecting a proposed state constitutional ban and Governor Dayton and the DFL-controlled Legislature enacting a state law authorizing the marriages. As people in Minnesota and, now, across the country have so eloquently said: “Love Won!”

So, two big decisions well worth celebrating!

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