Today, in a 6-3 decision, the Supreme Court upheld a critical part of the Affordable Care Act, historic health care reform that the President signed into law five years ago. Now, millions of Americans who got covered in health insurance marketplaces can stay covered, no matter where they live.
The President made the following statement from the Rose Garden following the decision:
"Today is a victory for hardworking Americans all across this country whose lives will continue to become more secure in a changing economy because of this law." —President Obama on today's Supreme Court ruling upholding a critical part of the Affordable Care Act: http://go.wh.gov/vV1uUX #ACAWorksPosted by The White House on Thursday, June 25, 2015
You can read the Supreme Court’s ruling here.
Chief Official White House Photographer Pete Souza provides an in-depth, behind-the-scenes look at the moment President Obama heard the news. Check it out on Medium.
Pete Souza also captured this...coincidence?
President Obama took to Twitter to lay out exaclty what this victory means for the American people. Check out his tweets:
Today's decision is a victory for every hardworking American. Access to quality, affordable health care is a right, not a privilege.— President Obama (@POTUS) June 25, 2015
More than 16 million Americans have gained health coverage after 5 years of the Affordable Care Act.— President Obama (@POTUS) June 25, 2015
129 million Americans with pre-existing conditions can no longer be denied health coverage.— President Obama (@POTUS) June 25, 2015
Women can no longer be charged more for health coverage just for being women.— President Obama (@POTUS) June 25, 2015
More than 137 million Americans have guaranteed access to preventive care like cancer screenings and birth control at no out-of-pocket cost.— President Obama (@POTUS) June 25, 2015
The uninsured rate is the lowest it's ever been. Let's keep at it until every American has quality, affordable health insurance.— President Obama (@POTUS) June 25, 2015
House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi -- who helped pass the Affordable Care Act as Speaker of the House in 2010 -- had this to say about today's decision:
“Today, for the second time, the Supreme Court has upheld the Affordable Care Act.
This is a victory for common sense and for all American families. It is long past time for Republicans to abandon their assault on the newfound health security that the Affordable Care Act is providing millions and millions of Americans across the country.
The Court’s decision ensures that all eligible Americans, regardless of their home states, have the access to premium tax credits to afford life-saving health care.
American workers and middle-class families will continue to enjoy the benefits of quality, accessible health care and dependable, affordable health coverage.”
Senate Minority Leader -- who helped pass the Affordable Care Act as Senate Majority Leader in 2010 -- said:
Obamacare has survived the latest partisan attempt to deny health care to millions of working families. America won today.— Senator Harry Reid (@SenatorReid) June 25, 2015
Want to know what this decision means for you? Take a look at this checklist to find out -- then share it with others who want to know too: