Former President Barack Obama
said Thursday that the Affordable Care Act
, one of his signature policy achievements, is safe after the Supreme Court
rejected yet another constitutional challenge to the health-care legislation.
“Today, the Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act, once again,” Obama said in a statement.
“This ruling reaffirms what we have long known to be true: the Affordable Care Act is here to stay. The principle of universal coverage has been established, and 31 million people
now have access to care as a result of the law we passed — with millions more who can no longer be denied coverage or charged more because of a preexisting condition,” he said.
The Supreme Court rejected a GOP-led lawsuit
on the basis of standing, which means the plaintiffs could not prove the legislation was causing harm and needed a court to intervene. The suit centered on the “individual mandate” portion of the Affordable Care Act, which originally imposed a fine
on people who did not sign up for health insurance
Today, the Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act for the second time. This decision reaffirms what we have long known: the Affordable Care Act is here to stay. — Barack Obama (@BarackObama) June 17, 2021
The ACA survived two other major Supreme Court challenges, one in 2012 and one in 2015.
Obama concluded by praising President Joe Biden
, who worked to extend the enrollment period on HealthCare.gov and provide Americans with new financial incentives to enroll in health insurance as part of the COVID-19
relief package passed earlier this year.
Following that, the number of people enrolled in the Affordable Care Act reached an all-time high: 31 million Americans were enrolled as of June.
“Now is the time to build on the Affordable Care Act and continue to strengthen and expand it, as President Biden has done through the American Rescue Plan
, giving more families the peace of mind they deserve. And because he extended the special enrollment period until August 15th, anyone who needs coverage can go to healthcare.gov and sign up,” Obama said.
Biden expressed support for making the extra pandemic
“Today’s decision affirms that the Affordable Care Act is stronger than ever, delivers for the American people, and moves us closer to fulfilling our moral obligation to ensure that health care
is a right, not a privilege, here in America,” Biden said on Thursday.