Via CNN: Jeb Bush says this fight is not over. He says if elected President, fixing the healthcare system will be one of his first priorities. He would repeal and replace the law.
“Affordable Care Act implementation returns to normal following today’s ruling but debate over the law is likely far from over,” said Elizabeth Carpenter, director at Avalere. “Congress may still pursue strategies to alter the Affordable Care Act, and the debate over reform is likely to reignite as part of the 2016 presidential race.
“Congress is still likely to consider repeal of the medical device tax and the Independent Payment Advisory Board, as well as changes to the employer mandate and the Cadillac Tax.”
#Obama: "We’ve got more work to do, but what we’re not going to do is unravel what is now woven into the fabric of America."
#Obama: This has never been a government takeover of healthcare despite cries to the contrary. This reform remains what’s it’s always been, a set of fairer rules and tougher protections that made healthcare in America more affordable, more attainable and more about you, the consumer. It's working.
#Obama: This law is working exactly as it’s supposed to. In many ways this law is working better than we expected it to.
Obama: "The Affordable Care Act is here to stay."
Obama on now at press briefing: "Healthcare is not a privilege for a few but a right for all."
With the ruling behind us, attention will focus on costs. Millions of people continue find it difficult to afford coverage and out-of-pocket costs. How are we going to modify the law/markets to make healthcare more affordable down the road?
Had SCOTUS ruled for the plaintiffs, insurance would have become out of reach for more than just those getting tax credits, said Linda Blumberg, senior fellow with Urban Institute. “It would have become unaffordable even if they weren’t getting assistance. Then for anybody who would have enrolled in coming years, which would have been more people because we’re still in a phase-up period, subsidies would have been unavailable to them as well.”
Linda Blumberg, senior fellow with Urban institute: "The polling is pretty clear that while there are things about this law that people aren’t happy with they didn’t want these markets destroyed. People who are getting the financial assistance so they can afford coverage are glad to be getting it."
Chief Justice John Roberts, writing for the majority: "Congress passed the Affordable Care Act to improve health insurance markets, not to destroy them."
The lawsuit focused on one clause in the Affordable Care Act, the health insurance law that set up the Marketplaces. The language says that tax credits are available to people who enroll in health insurance “through an exchange established by the state.” The law’s challengers said this meant that people from states that did not set up their own marketplaces weren’t eligible for the credits. The court did not agree.
SCOTUS: The challengers' "arguments are strong, but the Act's context and structure compel the conclusion that (the language) allows tax credits for insurance purchased on any Exchange created under the Act. Those credits are necessary for the Federal Exchanges to function like their State Exchange counterparts, and to avoid the type of calamitous result that Congress plainly meant to avoid."
The ruling affects nearly 6.4 million low-to-moderate income Americans.
We heard that the tax subsidies will remain in place. More info to come.
Hi, we just got word that the ruling came down. We’ll be bringing you more information as it becomes available.
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