In his weekly address, U.S. President Barack Obama says ''Obamacare'' is ''here to stay'' after the Supreme Court upholds the law by 6-3 ruling. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) In his weekly address on Saturday (June 27), U.S. President Barack Obama called the Supreme Court's 6-3 ruling on Thursday that upheld the Affordable Care Act a "victory for hardworking Americans." "We can now say this for certain: the Affordable Care Act still stands, it is working, and it is here to stay," said Obama. The Supreme Court rejected a conservative legal challenge that could have doomed Obama's healthcare law, upholding nationwide tax subsidies crucial to his signature domestic policy achievement. But Obama stressed that that the ruling was not about his political gain, but about providing healthcare to millions of American. "This is not some abstract political debate. For all the misinformation campaigns, and doomsday predictions; for all the talk of death panels and job destruction; for all the repeal attempts - this law is helping tens of millions of Americans. This isn't just about Obamacare. This is health care in America." Chief Justice John Roberts, a conservative appointed by Republican President George W. Bush, wrote in the 6-3 ruling that Congress clearly intended for the tax subsidies that help millions of low- and moderate-income people afford private health insurance to be available in all 50 states. The court decided that the law did not restrict the subsidies to states that establish their own online health insurance exchanges, as the challengers in the case contended.