Ohio Democratic Party Chairman Chris Redfern released the following statement this week regarding the U.S. Supreme Court’s upholding of the Affordable Care Act:

Today’s decision is legally sound, but more importantly, it’s morally responsible.

Because of President Obama and Democrats’ bold vision, America is on course to lower our health care costs. With this decision, millions of Americans can breathe a sigh of relief as we move forward to ensure that more of our children, parents, and those with pre-existing conditions will have access to the health care resources they need to stay healthy and recover from sickness.

Hopefully, this ruling will finally end Republicans’ concerted push to do everything they can to stand in the way of efforts to expand access to health care while reducing costs. And here at home, I hope this will motivate Governor Kasich to comply with the law, and finally set up the state health care exchange that he’s obstructed since he took office so Ohioans can purchase coverage at affordable rates to stay healthy. Now more than ever, we need to stop re-litigating the past and move forward as we work to continue Ohio’s two-and-a-half-year economic recovery, and create new jobs for middle class families.