Poll: Do You Agree With Supreme Court On 'Obamacare'?
Chief Justice John Roberts is the swing vote in a 5-4 decision to uphold the president's health care plan.
The Supreme Court has upheld “Obamacare” in a 5-4 vote on Thursday morning.
Chief Justice John Roberts joined with Elena Kagan, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer and Sonia Sotomayor to form the five-vote majority. Typically, Roberts is aligned with the more conservative justices, with Anthony Kennedy serving as the swing vote for the more liberal justices.
However, the two flip-flopped on this vote. The four voting against were Kennedy, Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito.
For up to date coverage of the decision and its ramifications, check out the SCOTUSblog sponsored by Bloomberg Law. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse and Rep. James Langevin have also released statements, which follow.
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Whitehouse (D-RI) released the statement below regarding today’s ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court upholding the Affordable Care Act:
“For the many Rhode Islanders I've heard from who are counting on the reforms in the Affordable Care Act to help them gain access to vital health services, the Supreme Court today sent a clear message that those reforms will go forward. By upholding the law, the Court validated the principle that all Americans should have access to health care. Seniors will continue receiving discounts on prescription drugs, children can continue to stay on their parents’ health insurance policy after college, and individuals suffering from chronic illness won’t need to worry about running into lifetime caps.
“Now that these Constitutional questions are behind us, I look forward to working with the Administration to continue implementing the many important provisions of the health care law that will lower costs and improve care for years to come.”
Langevin (D-RI) released the following statement in reaction to today’s Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act
“Today’s Supreme Court decision affirms the efforts of so many who have fought hard to ensure all Americans have access to a doctor when they’re sick, control rising health costs and adapt our system of care to focus on early detection and prevention.
“One of the driving motivations behind my running for Congress in the first place was the belief that everyone should have access to the same high quality care that has allowed me to overcome signficant health challenges in my life. This ruling represents an important victory for tens of millions of Americans without insurance, millions more struggling to afford it, and for our economy, which cannot continue to withstand the costs of our current system’s inefficiencies.
“It is a victory for individuals with pre-existing conditions, who, under the Affordable Care Act, can no longer be denied coverage; for those with chronic illness who can stop worrying about yearly and lifetime coverage limits; for young people who can still remain under parents’ insurance until age 26; for seniors who are already experiencing prescription savings from our closing the donut hole; and for our Medicare system, which will see costs reduced by $500 million by rewarding quality of care instead of quantity.
“I also continue to take pride in the health insurance exchanges that will force insurance companies to offer coverage in a competitive and transparent way, and in the medical-loss ratio mandating that insurers spend 85 percent of premiums on health care, rather than CEO salaries, profits for shareholders and advertisements.
“Moving forward, I remain dedicated to ensuring that the Affordable Care Act is implemented fairly, correctly and responsibly, and to continuing my long-standing commitment to providing everyone with quality, affordable health care.”