Supreme Court upholds nationwide Obamacare subsidies

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By: The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Supreme Court’s decision on President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul.

10:58 a.m.

The Republican candidates for president have started to weigh in on the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold a key part of President Barack Obama’s health care law.

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry turned the ruling into a selling point for his potential turn in the White House. He says Thursday it’s not up to the Supreme Court to knock down a law deeply unpopular among many in the GOP.

He says, quote, “We need leadership that understands a heavy-handed, one-size-fits-all policy does nothing to help health outcomes for Americans.”

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee calls the ruling judicial tyranny.

He says, quote, “The Supreme Court cannot legislate from the bench, ignore the Constitution and pass a multi-trillion dollar ‘fix’ to Obamacare simply because Congress misread what states would actually do.”

10:45 a.m.

President Barack Obama is set to make a Rose Garden appearance at the White House to talk about his big win in the Supreme Court on health care.

The president is scheduled to speak at 11:30 a.m. EDT on Thursday. He quickly scrambled his schedule after the Supreme Court ruling was announced.

The court upheld the nationwide tax subsidies contained in the health care law in a ruling that preserves health insurance for millions of Americans.

10:40 a.m.

Senate Democrats have a simple message for Republican foes of the President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul after the Supreme Court latest ruling: It’s over.

Speaking on the Senate floor minutes after Thursday’s ruling to uphold a key portion of the law was announced, Minority Leader Harry Reid says, quote, “Enough’s enough. Let’s move on.”

The Nevada Democrat was one of the party leaders who worked to ensure passage of the law in 2010. He says Republicans should stop wasting time with votes to repeal the law, which now exceed 50.

Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin is the No. 2 Democrat in the Senate. He says in a statement, quote, “Memo to the non-stop critics of the Affordable Care Act: stop trying to kill this program and work to make it stronger.”

10:35 a.m.

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has a new name for President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul: “SCOTUScare.”

Scalia summarized from the bench his dissent to the Supreme Court’s Thursday ruling to uphold the law’s nationwide tax subsidies. He says, quote, “We should start calling this law SCOTUScare.”

The conservative justice used the acronym for the Supreme Court. He says his colleagues have twice stepped in to save the law from what Scalia considered worthy challenges.

The court upheld the law in 2012.

10:30 a.m.

House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi is cheering the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold a key portion of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul.

The California Democrat was instrumental in getting the law passed in 2010.

In a statement, she says, quote, “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.”

10:22 a.m.

Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts has again voted with his liberal colleagues to uphold a key portion of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul.

Roberts also was the key vote to uphold the law in 2012. Justice Anthony Kennedy was a dissenter in 2012, but was part of the majority on Thursday.

Roberts says in the majority opinion, quote, “Congress passed the Affordable Care Act to improve health insurance markets, not to destroy them.”

Nationally, 10.2 million people have signed up for health insurance under the Obama health overhaul. That includes the 8.7 million people who are receiving an average subsidy of $272 a month to help pay their insurance premiums.

Of those receiving subsidies, 6.4 million people were at risk of losing that aid because they live in states that did not set up their own health insurance exchanges.

10:12 a.m.

The Supreme Court has upheld the nationwide tax subsidies under President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, in a ruling that preserves health insurance for millions of Americans.

The justices said in a 6-3 ruling Thursday that the subsidies that 8.7 million people currently receive to make insurance affordable do not depend on where they live, under the 2010 health care law.

The outcome is the second major victory for Obama in politically charged Supreme Court tests of his most significant domestic achievement.

Chief Justice John Roberts again voted with his liberal colleagues in support of the law. Roberts also was the key vote to uphold the law in 2012.

Justice Anthony Kennedy also voted with his more liberal colleagues.