GREEN BAY, WI (WBAY) – Reactions in Washington, D.C., to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling upholding national subsidies for health care insurance, regardless of whether a state uses the federal marketplace or has its own:
President Barack Obama
President Barack Obama is set to make a Rose Garden appearance at the White House to talk about his big win in the Supreme Court on health care.
The president is scheduled to speak at 10:30 a.m. CDT on Thursday. He quickly scrambled his schedule after the Supreme Court ruling was announced.
The court upheld the nationwide tax subsidies contained in the health care law in a ruling that preserves health insurance for millions of Americans.
Justice Antonin Scalia
Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has a new name for President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul: “SCOTUScare.”
Scalia summarized from the bench his dissent to the Supreme Court’s Thursday ruling to uphold the law’s nationwide tax subsidies. He says, quote, “We should start calling this law SCOTUScare.”
The conservative justice used the acronym for the Supreme Court. He says his colleagues have twice stepped in to save the law from what Scalia considered worthy challenges.
The court also upheld another key provision of the law in 2012.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)
House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi is cheering the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold a key portion of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul.
The California Democrat was instrumental in getting the law passed in 2010.
In a statement, she says “Today, for the second time, the Supreme Court has upheld the Affordable Care Act. This is a victory for common sense and for all American families. It is long past time for Republicans to abandon their assault on the newfound health security that the Affordable Care Act is providing millions and millions of Americans across the country.”
Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada) and U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Illinois)
Senate Democrats have a simple message for Republican foes of the President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul after the Supreme Court latest ruling: It’s over.
Speaking on the Senate floor minutes after Thursday’s ruling to uphold a key portion of the law was announced, Minority Leader Harry Reid says, quote, “Enough’s enough. Let’s move on.”
The Nevada Democrat was one of the party leaders who worked to ensure passage of the law in 2010. He says Republicans should stop wasting time with votes to repeal the law, which now exceed 50.
Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin is the No. 2 Democrat in the Senate. He says in a statement, quote, “Memo to the non-stop critics of the Affordable Care Act: stop trying to kill this program and work to make it stronger.”