The Supreme Court ruled 6-3 to preserve the Affordable Care Act, preserving “Obamacare” as the largest expansion in health coverage in 50 years. While it’s a major defeat for Republicans, many must surely be breathing a sigh of relief because there is no plan for helping millions of people who depend on ACA for health insurance. A defeat of ACA and the subsequent loss of millions of customers would have resulted in huge spikes in insurance premiums that would hurt people and throw the health insurance industry into chaos.
Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Anthony Kennedy joined the court’s four liberals in the decision.
“Congress passed the Affordable Care Act to improve health insurance markets, not destroy them,” Roberts wrote.
Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez offered the following statement on the court’s decision:
Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (CA-46) today released the following statement applauding the Supreme Court’s Decision to rule in favor of the Affordable Care Act.
“I applaud and agree with the court’s decision to rule in favor of an individual’s ability to receive tax credits from the federal health insurance exchange, a program that has supported so many Americans and their families. I’ve said this before: we are dealing with families, not concepts. Millions of families rely on the federal marketplace to purchase affordable health insurance, and I am relieved that they will be able to continue to do so.
“With today’s Supreme Court decision behind us, it’s time for Congress to get back to work. The Affordable Care Act is settled law, and this ruling reaffirms that families are in control of their own health care.”
Congresswoman Sanchez is a strong supporter of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) which was signed into law in 2010 by President Obama. Congresswoman Sanchez believes that the ACA delivers affordable and quality care to every American and she will continue to work to preserve health care reform. In early 2014, Congresswoman Sanchez launched Enroll OC, connecting Orange County residents with certified, in person bilingual health insurance enrollment services. In the first Covered California enrollment period, Enroll OC helped more than 2,000 people enroll in health insurance, contributing to the County’s unexpected success. After the first enrollment period, Congresswoman Sanchez followed up Enroll OC with Know Your Benefits bilingual workshops aimed at directly connecting newly insured Orange County residents with their healthcare benefits.