WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court has made a decision that upholds a key component of the Affordable Care Act – which held to further strengthen the law and prevent it from being dismantled by its opponents.
The high court ruled 6 to 3 in King v. Burwell to uphold federal subsidies for low- and middle-income Americans to help pay insurance premiums. Following the decision, President Barack Obama said the law has proven it can work and has already helped millions of Americans, adding that with the new ruling by the court it is likely here to stay.
In writing the opinion of the ruling, Chief Justice John Roberts, Jr. said that Congress passed the Affordable Care Act to improve health insurance markets, not to destroy them.
Congressman Tom Reed (R-NY 23rd Congressional District), who represents Chautauqua County in Congress and who has been a long-time opponent of federally funded healthcare, said he is disappointed by the ruling and it’s now up to Congress to make every effort to repeal the law.
The Corning Republican also said that If the American people really want to see the law repealed, they will have to make it happen by voting for a candidate that supports that action in the 2016 presidential election.