2016 Hopefuls Feast On Obamacare Ruling
The Supreme Court has saved the Affordable Care Act in a 6-3 decision in a King vs Burwell ruling. The ruling holds that the Obamacare authorized federal tax credits for eligible Americans living across the 34 states with federal marketplaces.
Thursday became feast day for the 2016 presidential hopefuls, each having his or her own take of the ruling. Hillary Clinton was elated as well as Lincoln Chaffee, Martin O’Malley and Bernie Sanders.
Rand Paul promised repeal if he gets elected. Rick Perry and Scot Walker made the same promise while Rick Santorum said it is time for a Conservative president.
Ben Carson was disappointed as well as Jeb Bush. Carly Fiorina said the decision was outrageous while Lindsey Graham said it was a disaster.
Mike Huckabee called it “judicial tyranny.” Bobby Jindal said this is not the end of debate. Marco Rubio upheld Obamacare is a bad law.
Obamacare is here to stay
President Barack Obama was a tad emotional as he spoke from the White House following the Supreme Court ruling.
“This morning, the Supreme Court upheld one of the most critical parts of health reform — the part that has made it easier for Americans to afford health insurance, no matter where you live,” he said.
He recalled when in March 23 2010 he sat down at a table in the East Room of the White House and signed his name on the law.
“Five years later, after more than 50 votes in Congress to repeal or weaken this law and multiple challenges before the Supreme Court, here is what we know today: This law worked. It’s still working. It has changed and saved American lives. It has set this country on a smarter, stronger course. And it’s here to stay,” the president said in his speech.
HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell said the Supreme Court’s decision confirmed that the Obamacare tax credits are available to all eligible Americans no matter where they live.
“Americans in all 50 states and the District of Columbia can continue to rely on the security and peace of mind that come with affordable, quality health care coverage. The Affordable Care Act is working to improve access, affordability and quality,” Burwell said in a statement.
“That is the story I hear as I travel across this country. People’s lives have been changed and even saved because they have health insurance—many for the first time. They have coverage that can keep them healthy and provide quality care when they are sick.”
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