By Steve Tawa
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – As the new president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, Michael Nutter has a platform to speak on national issues, like the historic U.S. Supreme Court decision on President Obama’s health-care law.
Mayor Nutter says the precedent-setting ruling will make people feel more secure:
“People with preexisting conditions can no longer be turned down.”
And 259,000 Philadelphians between the ages of 18-26 can continue their coverage under a parents’ plan.
The court ruling, in a majority option written by Chief Justice John Roberts, also imposes new restrictions on health insurers.
“The protections that were put in place to cut out waste, fraud and abuse and overcharges by insurance companies will stay in place,” explains Mayor Nutter.
Nutter says it will allow the Obama administration to move forward with securing access to affordable health insurance for more than 38-million Americans without it.
“Access to affordable and quality health care is not only necessary, but also the moral compass by which our nation will be judged,” says Mayor Nutter.