The Supreme Court this morning upheld the Affordable Care Act in its ruling in the King v. Burwell case, affirming Obamacare as the law of the land.
Democrats reacted in jubilant fashion, noting that
- ALL 16.4 million newly insured Americans will KEEP their health insurance
- The law will continue to save lives — on top of the 50,000 saved over the last three years
- Our country will be healthier and health care costs will be contained
U.S. Senator Cory Booker immediately issued a statement celebrating the Supreme Court’s decision in the King v. Burwell case.
“The Supreme Court has done the right thing by upholding a vital provision of the Affordable Care Act that provides tax credits for individuals who purchase health insurance through federally-run marketplaces in states like New Jersey,” said Booker. “These tax credits keep health insurance affordable for working families. That’s why today is a good day for more than 172,000 people in New Jersey and millions of Americans who rely on the twenty-seven federally run marketplaces to provide access to affordable health coverage. This ruling helps ensure all Americans have access to quality health care they can afford.”
According to The Kaiser Family Foundation, an estimated 172,345 people in New Jersey participate in the state’s federally run health insurance marketplace and were at risk of losing their tax credits.
SEIU 1199 Local Executive Vice President Milly Silva likewise celebrated.
“Today’s Supreme Court ruling in King v. Burwell reaffirms the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act and should lay to rest any notion that it is not settled law,” said Silva. ““Nearly 200,000 New Jerseyans receive subsides through the federal exchange, and they can now rest easy knowing that their access to healthcare will not be jeopardized.
“Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, the number of uninsured in New Jersey has been reduced by nearly half, to the lowest level of the past quarter century,” the labor leader added. “Despite all of its legal challenges and setbacks, the ACA has exceeded all expectations and will continue to deliver on its promise of promoting access to quality healthcare for all.”
For his part, U.S. Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-3) was less than thrilled by the Supreme Court’s decision.
“While I’m glad that millions of Americans, including 14,000 in our district, will not lose their healthcare today due to poorly written language, Obamacare still needs work,” said the Republican Congressman. “Taxpayer subsidies only hide the true skyrocketing cost of health care. When I ran for Congress, I promised to work with Members on both sides of the aisle. In light of today’s decision, I’ll continue to work with my colleagues to advance real, market-driven health care reform that drives down costs, increases access to care, and offers greater choice.”