President Obama has defended healthcare reform to the Catholic Health Association's annual assembly, ahead of an Obamacare ruling by the Supreme Court. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) U.S. President Obama spoke about the success and future of America's healthcare in a speech to the Catholic Health Association's annual assembly, in Washington, DC, Tuesday (June 9). "I'm here today to say thank you for your tireless effort to make health reform a reality. Without your committment to compassionate care, without your moral force, we would not have succeeded," Obama told the assembly. The Supreme Court is expected to rule this month on King v. Burwell, a challenge aimed at subsidies for premiums for 6.4 million low- and middle-income Americans in 34 states under the 2010 Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. But Obama said on Monday that he was confident the Supreme Court would not rule against his healthcare law, describing it as an "easy case" that should never have been taken up by the court. "...Tens of millions more enjoy new protections with the coverage they have already got. That 85 percent who had health insurance, they may not know they've got a better deal now than they did, but they do," the president said on Tuesday. A ruling against the government would mean millions of Americans would no longer be able to afford health insurance, and also would broadly disrupt insurance markets, Obama has said. The law, aimed at reducing the millions of Americans without health insurance, is considered a signature domestic policy achievement for Obama and fellow Democrats.