DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – A major U.S. Supreme Court ruling Thursday means no changes to the controversial healthcare law Affordable Care Act (ACA), known as “Obamacare”
And for many Ohioans, they can continue to keep their insurance through the federal government.
ACA was passed in 2010. And ever since it’s been an uphill battle to keep “Obamacare” in place. But this is the second time that the U.S. Supreme Court is saying yes to the healthcare plan that covers millions of Americans.
“I don’t think anyone in their rational mind would look at 100,000 of our (Ohio) members and 6 million people across the United States and say that this hasn’t helped them and that this isn’t a good thing,” reflected Steve Ringel, president of CareSource’s Ohio Market.
CareSource is among other insurance providers celebrating a victory with the Supreme Court ruling. The nonprofit care insurance company is a healthcare insurance marketplace provider.
Its JustforMe program offers coverage through what’s known as Obamacare.
This most recent ruling upholds the law. It keeps this program and the subsidies that provides hundreds of dollars towards medical coverage.
But some, like Congressman Mike Turner (R, OH 10th District), say the ruling was quote “a torturous decision.”
“It’s a bad law the Supreme Court should not have ruled this way,” the U.S. Representative said. They have, however, gotten to their point by trying to say the law is purposeful,the law is being executed in the manner in which it was described, even the though the language of the bill itself doesn’t relate that.”
Ringel tells 2 NEWS he see the law’s benefits every day, and was always confident in the outcome of this case.
“We have operated even if it had changed today we would have continue tomorrow to continue provide services and continue to provide insurance to those folks,” he said.
And to those who argue Obamacare costs in more ways than one, Ringel said “I think we’re going to look back 10 years from now and we’re going see the total societal benefit that has occurred through ACA. I think then, once the politicizing has ended people are going to look back and say this is one of the best things that’s happened to healthcare insurance and for the people of the Miami Valley.”
The ruling does keep things as is, which means the open enrollment period will continue.
Open enrollment will start November 1, 2015 and ends January 31,2016.