King v Burwell

Full Obama Statement on Supreme Court Health Care Ruling
Obama calls ruling "a good day for America."

In a 12-minute speech from the Rose Garden Thursday, President Barack Obama reacted to the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold federal health care subsidies under his signature law, calling the ruling “a good day for America.”

“Five years ago, after nearly a century of talk, decades of trying, a year of bipartisan debate, we finally declared that in America, health care is not a privilege for a few but a right for all,” Obama said. “… And 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 before the Supreme Court, the Affordable Care Act is here to stay.”

Pelosi Not Worried About Obamacare Repeal
 

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Thursday she wasn’t worried about future Republican attacks to the Affordable Care Act, which President Barack Obama would simply veto if they ever came to his desk.

“They’ll keep trying, and we’ll keep fighting,” Pelosi said.

Cruz Slams 'Lawless' Supreme Court After Obamacare Ruling
 

In a 12-minute floor speech Thursday, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, hammered the Supreme Court for upholding federal health insurance subsidies in King v. Burwell, calling the decision a “disgrace.”

“These justices are not behaving as umpires calling balls and strikes,” Cruz said. “They have joined a team, and it’s a team that is hurting Americans across this country.”

Boehner: 'No Decision' to Repeal Obamacare with Reconciliation
 

Speaker John A. Boehner on Thursday said “no decision” has been made about using budget reconciliation to repeal the Affordable Care Act, following a Supreme Court ruling earlier which upheld federal health care subsidies for millions of individuals.

“Well there’s been no decision about how to deal with — or what to use reconciliation for — the problem with Obamacare is still fundamentally the same: the law is broken,” Boehner said. “It’s raising costs for American families, it’s raising costs for small businesses and it’s just fundamentally broken.”

McConnell, Reid React to Obamacare Ruling
 

Following a Supreme Court ruling earlier Thursday, which upheld federal health care subsidies in a critical legal challenge for the Affordable Care Act, Minority Leader Harry Reid and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell took to the Senate floor to praise and critique the ruling in predictable fashion.

“Millions of working families won today. America won today,” Reid said. “… I think the public has basically had it with Republicans trying to take away a law that protects them from insurance company discrimination when they get sick or hurt. Enough is enough.”

Reid Hopes Supreme Court 'Can Read English' in Obamacare Case
“I think the language is clear."

Echoing President Barack Obama’s comments last week, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid on Tuesday said the Supreme Court should not have taken up King v Burwell, which could undermine health insurance subsidies for millions, while refusing to speculate about what happens if the court rules against the Obama administration.

“I’m not going to be speculating on that,” Reid said. “I think the language is clear. I hope the Supreme Court can read English, I’m sure they can.”