The Affordable Care Act survives the latest Supreme Court challenge, leaving in place subsidized insurance plans for millions of Americans.
Fox News Radio's Jared Halpern reports from Washington:
This wasn't a Constitutional challenge, but a question of what the law intended. Chief Justice John Roberts concluding in a 6-3 opinion, the Affordable Care Act's purpose is to improve health insurance markets not to destroy them. Adding the Court then must interpret often vague provisions the same way.
Opponents had argued federal subsidies were only supposed to be given to customers in states with their own exchanges and not the nearly three dozen states relying on healthcare.gov. Roberts says that reading is untenable.
A scathing dissent from Justice Antonin Scalia laments what he calls somersaults of statutory interpretation, concluding we should start calling the law SCOTUS Care.
In Washington, Jared Halpern, Fox News Radio
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Opponents of the Affordable Care Act aren't giving up, in spite of Thursday's ruling from the US Supreme Court upholding subsidies for millions of Americans.
FOX News Radio's Rachel Sutherland reports from Washington:
Obamacare supporters are cheering today's decision. Ron Pollack with Families USA calls the ruling monumental.
(Pollack) "People will continue to receive those subsidies, and they will continue to have health insurance."
Republican Senator and Presidential candidate Marco Rubio says the subsidies are financing substandard health insurance.
(Rubio) "When they get to the hospital they are being hit with a $4,000 bill because they have a high deductible."
Calling Obamacare fundamentally broken, House Speaker John Boehner says Republicans will still work to repeal the law.
In Washington, Rachel Sutherland, FOX News Radio.
President Obama made remarks following the Supreme Court's ruling.
FOX News Radio's Jon Decker reports from the White House:
After hearing of the Supreme Court's 6-3 decision upholding Obamacare subsidies nationwide, the President with Vice President Biden at his side, took a victory lap of sorts in the White House Rose Garden.
(President Obama) "So 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."
A ruling against the administration would have threatened subsidies worth millions in nearly three-dozen states. Instead, the court decision ends months of worries here at the White House about the potential for chaos in the health insurance markets.
At the White House, Jon Decker, FOX News Radio.
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