Biden, Barack Obama and others applaud Supreme Court decision ro save Obamacare: 'A big win'
On Thursday, June 17, the Affordable Care Act of 2010, a.k.a. Obamacare, survived yet another Republican attack when the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its decision in Texas v. California — rejecting a Texas lawsuit that challenged the ACA as unconstitutional. It was a 7-2 ruling, and the only dissenters were Justice Neal Gorsuch and Justice Samuel Alito.
BREAKING: The Supreme Court rejects the constitutional challenge to Obamacare in 7-2 opinion. The court tosses the lawsuit because the challengers do not have legal standing to sue. https://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/20pdf/19-840_6jfm.pdf\u00a0\u2026— SCOTUSblog (@SCOTUSblog) 1623938636
The Affordable Care Act stands. Justice BREYER writes the majority opinion. He's joined by the other two liberals (Sotomayor & Kagan) as well as three conservatives (Roberts, Thomas, & Barrett). Alito and Gorsuch dissent.— SCOTUSblog (@SCOTUSblog) 1623938826
President Joe Biden was quick to applaud the decision, tweeting:
A big win for the American people. \n\nThere\u2019s no better day than today to sign up for quality, affordable health care at http://HealthCare.gov\u00a0.\n\nWith millions of people relying on the Affordable Care Act for coverage, it remains, as ever, a BFD. And it\u2019s here to stay.https://twitter.com/WhiteHouse/status/1405550588201418756\u00a0\u2026— President Biden (@President Biden) 1623944525
BFD is short for "big fucking deal," which is how he described the law in 2010 when he was vice president under President Barack Obama.
In Texas v. California, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton tried to take health care away from millions of Americans during the worst health crisis since the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918.
The White House tweeted this statement:
Today\u2019s Supreme Court ruling once again underscored the incredible strength of the ACA. A record 31 million people have enrolled in health care through the law \u2013 1.2 million more signed up using the special enrollment period, open through 8/15. Sign up at http://HealthCare.gov\u00a0.— The White House (@The White House) 1623944348
The principle of universal coverage has been established, and 31 million people now have access to care through the law we passed\u2014with millions more who can no longer be denied coverage or charged more because of a preexisting condition.— Barack Obama (@Barack Obama) 1623950983
Now we need to build on the Affordable Care Act and continue to strengthen and expand it. That\u2019s what @POTUS Biden has done through the American Rescue Plan, giving more families the peace of mind they deserve.— Barack Obama (@Barack Obama) 1623950984
Here are some other reactions to the High Court's ruling.
Why does Texas keep thinking it's boss over the rest of the states despite the fact that it can't even keep a stable power grid for residents, is fine with rampant gun violence, ranks 34th among the states in education, and 31st in healthcare--and has Ted Cruz as Senator?— Kathryn Griffin (@Kathryn Griffin) 1623939127
VICTORY #ACA! It was stupid for the 18 states and 2 individuals to sue, because, they weren't being injured with a $0 mandate. I just followed SCOTUSblog. #ACAVICTORY!— The#1 (@The#1) 1623939711
My prediction of dissent was Alito and Thomas. I am shocked Thomas joined the majority.— BikemanO (@BikemanO) 1623940565
Thank goodness! These anti health care lawsuits have been such a waste over the last 10 years.— Rick Gundlach (@Rick Gundlach) 1623941541
I was diagnosed /w Neurofibromatosis in 81 living in & DFS told my mom to give me up to the State b/c of Medicare Caps & wanted to put me in an Institution! \n\nMom\u2019s so we moved to ! \n\nI\u2019ve had 41 operations since 82! \n\nThe ACA stops this madness!\n\n#impreexisting— Penni-Dawn (@Penni-Dawn) 1623949340
This is a victory for all Americans, even if you don't get your policy from the ACA. It ensures coverage of pre-existing conditions from all insurance providers, allows coverage for kids up to age 26 and more.— smotta\ud83d\udc1d\ud83d\udd76\ufe0f (@smotta\ud83d\udc1d\ud83d\udd76\ufe0f) 1623944492
I\u2019m still waiting to see the @GOP\u2019s better, cheaper, healthcare insurance plan. It\u2019s been over a decade now, still nothing. We do know they consider almost 600,000 Americans dying from a virus as \u201cacceptable losses\u201d.— Todd Fedoruk (@Todd Fedoruk) 1623945473
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