President Joe Biden and Democratic lawmakers praised the Supreme Court’s decision Thursday to uphold the law on affordable care, known as Obamacare, in a case that challenges its individual mandate.
Former President Barack Obama stressed that this is not the first time the Supreme Court has upheld its presidency’s landmark legislation, which Republicans have been trying to break down for years.
“Today, the Supreme Court upheld the law on affordable care. Again,” Obama wrote. “This decision confirms what we have long known to be true: the Affordable Care Act is here to stay.”
At least one Senate Republican criticized the decision, but especially did not notice an attempt to continue to challenge the law.
“The failed Obamacare system will be astonishing as a result of this decision,” said Senator John Barrasso, R-Wyo., A physician and senior member of the Senate Finance Committee who has previously helped repeal the effort. “Every American healthcare system has been harmed by Obamacare.”
Prior to these reactions, the president, who was Obama’s vice president when the law was passed, welcomed the decision in a tweet.
“A great victory for the American people,” Biden wrote. “With millions of people relying on the law of affordable care for coverage, it’s, as always, a BFD. And it’s here to stay.”
Biden playfully referred to a moment in 2010 when he was caught in a microphone telling then-President Barack Obama in the Eastern House White House at the signing of the bill that the adoption of the Affordable Care Act was a “big f * ck.” ** ing agreement. “
Biden’s chief of staff, Ron Klain, was one of the first to respond from the White House and raised the famous gaffe Thursday morning.
“It’s still a BFD,” Klain tweed.
In an official statement later, Biden expanded on the significance of the Supreme Court decision and what it means for everyday Americans.
“Because of this law, they do not have to worry about being denied coverage due to an existing condition such as diabetes or seeing their coverage limited during a cancer treatment. Because of the law, they are able to get free preventative screenings that can save their lives and improve their health, ”he said in a statement.
Today’s victory is also for all the young people who can remain on their parents’ insurance plan until the age of 26, and for the millions of low-income families and people with disabilities who receive health care because their states expanded Medicaid under this law. , “He continued.
At her weekly press conference on Capitol Hill, House President Nancy Pelosi also welcomed the “historic decision” before smashing Republicans for being on the wrong side of history, she said, in support of the lawsuit challenging the individual mandate.
“We will never forget how Republican leaders embraced this outrageous way of tearing away America’s health care in the midst of a deadly pandemic,” she said.
Senator Patty Murray, D-Wash., Chair of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, also warned that Republicans may continue their crusade against the law.
“This decision is cause for celebration – but it should also be a call for further action, not an excuse for complacency,” she said. “While I hope this victory for families is the final chapter in the Republicans’ long, damaging campaign to undermine the health care system that hundreds of millions of people trust, I know our work to help patients is far from over.”
However, Senator Roy Blunt of Missouri, a member of the GOP leadership, seemed to admit that the year-long GOP repeal effort is coming to an end.
“The Affordable Care Act is constantly being woven deeper and deeper into the system. It will eventually become quite difficult to resolve from the system,” he said at the Capitol.
According to the White House, 31 million people have access to health care through the law.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, who was a minority leader when the Senate saved the law from a “thin repeal” in 2017, also welcomed the news from the Senate floor.
“Today, the American people have won again! After over a decade of Republican attacks: the ACA has come to stay,” he said.
Thursday’s decision was the third time that the Supreme Court upheld the Health Act against legal challenges.
Several Democrats took the opportunity to remind Americans that the special enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act is open until August 15 extended due to the coronavirus pandemic.
ABC News’ Allison Pecorin contributed to this report.