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Obama: My Health Care Law Is ‘Here To Stay’

Posted: Jun 26, 2015 at 8:50 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

U.S. President Barack Obama reacted to the Supreme Court’s ruling on the Affordable Care Act Thursday, calling it a “victory” for hardworking Americans.

“As the dust has settled, there can be no doubt that this law is working. It has changed, and in some cases, saved, American lives,” Obama said.

“Today after more than 50 votes in Congress to repeal or weaken this law, after a presidential election based in part on preserving or repealing this law, after multiple challenges to this law in front of the Supreme Court, the Affordable Care Act is here to stay,” Obama added.

President, Barrack Obama

President, Barrack Obama

In the 6-3 King v. Burwell decision in which Chief Justice John Roberts wrote the opinion of the court, the justices sided with a lower court that upheld the legality of subsidies to a nationwide exchange for acquiring medical insurance through the Affordable Care Act.

“Five years ago, after nearly a century of talk, decades of trying and bipartisan debate,” the law is finally and firmly entrenched, Obama said, speaking from the White House Rose Garden.

Obama said the Affordable Care Act is working better than expected, and argued it shouldn’t be used as a partisan argument any longer.

Healthcare, he said is “not a privileged for a few, but a right for all.”

“This is not an abstract thing anymore. This is not a set of political talking points,” Obama said. “This is reality.”

“We’ve got work to do. But what we’re not going to do is unravel what has been woven into the fabric of America,” Obama added, saying he wants to “build something better for generations to come.”

He said that the law had endured “successes and setbacks. The setbacks I remember clearly.”