June 28th, 2012
01:00 PM ET
10 years ago

Obama: Supreme Court decision is a 'victory'

(CNN) - President Barack Obama applauded the Supreme Court's decision Thursday to uphold his controversial health care reform legislation, which has endured relentless debate since it was signed into law in 2010.

Speaking in the East Room of the White House, Obama said the ruling was "a victory for people all over this country whose lives will be more secure because of this law."

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In a 5-4 ruling, the high court decided the individual mandate requiring people to have health insurance is valid as a tax, even though it is impermissible under the Constitution's commerce clause.

While Obama acknowledged the issue has been "divisive" in the years since he assumed office, he maintained his push for the law was not driven by politics.

"I didn't do this because it was good politics," Obama said. "I did it because I believed it was good for the country. I did it because I believed it was good for the American people."

Regardless, the political implications of the decision are widely expected to amplify as a major talking point on the campaign trail. Presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney has repeatedly vowed to repeal the law on his first day in office if he becomes president.

"What the court did not do on its last day in session, I will do on my first day if elected president of the United States, and that is, I will act to repeal Obamacare," Romney said Thursday, responding to the decision.

Obama, for his part, took a swipe at his opponent in his address, pointing to Romney's own health care law as former Massachusetts governor–a measure after which Democrats say the federal health care law was modeled, as it also included a mandate to buy insurance.

"Even though I knew it wouldn't be politically popular, and resisted the idea when I ran for this office, we ultimately included a provision in the Affordable Care Act that people who can afford to buy health insurance should take the responsibility to do so," Obama said. "In fact this idea has enjoyed support from members of both parties, including the current Republican nominee for president."

Now that the Supreme Court has ruled the individual mandate is a tax, not a penalty, political analysts say Republicans will likely argue that Obama's legislation introduces a mammoth tax onto the American public.

However, Obama said Thursday his administration will keep fighting to protect it.

"The highest court in the land has now spoken," Obama said. "We will continue to implement this law."


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soundoff (39 Responses)
  1. November 6, 2012 -- The Start of the Second American Revolution

    What is NOT secure is your job come November. The USSC just sealed your fate. Both you and Obamacare will be gone come January.

    June 28, 2012 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  2. GROVER NORQUIST IS A ENEMY OF THE STATE/ConservaFASCISTS

    I'm shocked that the SCOTUS was able to "do the right thing" twice in one week. This is a victory for ALL Americans even if they oppose the law.

    June 28, 2012 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  3. Ed1

    This will be the biggest tax increase for the middle class ever.

    Glad Obama and his buddies are looking out for the middle class how stupid can you be if anyone ever votes for this loser in 2012.

    Had to rush this thru before they lost control of both houses thanks again Obama.

    June 28, 2012 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  4. Four and The Door

    "The highest court in the land has now spoken," Obama said. "We will continue to implement this law."
    _________________________________________________________________________________________
    And even the Supreme Court is not the most powerful player in this issue. It is the American voter. We will decide in 131 days.

    June 28, 2012 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  5. Romneycare was a tax?

    Since Romneycare was a tax in Massachusetts, you can't REPEAL Obamacare and REPLACE it with Romneycare.

    June 28, 2012 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  6. Rudy NYC

    "The highest court in the land has now spoken," Obama said. "We will continue to implement this law."
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    Employers must offer healh care.
    Since corporations want to be people, then I guess that the government can tell them what to do, too, just like people.

    June 28, 2012 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  7. ray

    i keep saying everyday this liar romney will everyday day on tv from borh side of his lying mouth so he can get elected. tjis man is a hypocrite at the higest level and he gets away with it from fox news and some other media . the media should call tjhis liar out everytime he lies on camera. lies, lies, and more lies are to come from the romneys

    June 28, 2012 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  8. Elaine

    The biggest tax increase in the history of the US. Damn.

    June 28, 2012 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  9. lies from the right but mostly hate

    This maybe a tax increase but your premiums will fall due to the fact that you won't have to pay for the non or under insured so its a moog point

    June 28, 2012 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  10. Luke

    Today is a good day. Validation for the administration. Job well done, Mr. President.

    June 28, 2012 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  11. John, PA

    it's such a victory – the "U.S. Supreme Court announcement upholding President Obama's health care reform law sparked a deep sell-off on Wall Street Thursday, as investors fear that health care costs could further weaken economic growth".

    June 28, 2012 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  12. Demitroy

    You really believe that the insurance companies will reduce premiums? I have a bridge to sell you...

    June 28, 2012 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  13. Jeff Texas

    All I know is that when this originally passed my compnies insurance changed and I am now paying $100/ month more and my deductable went from a $20.00 co pay for Dr. Visit to a $1500 deductable per year. How can that be if this obamacare is so good????. Secondly how are they going to enforce all the illegal immigrants in this country to get health care? They don't even exist to the IRS since they pay no income tax? No fines for them. We will still be footing the bill when they go to the Hospital. In the end it cost the people who already had insurance more for less how does that work???? It is BS!!!!!

    June 28, 2012 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  14. J.V.Hodgson

    The legaity, constitutionality, and simple morality associated with this law has been upheld all 2409 pages or whatever of it.
    The court in its Obiter comments not decision comment have indicated areas where it may need further clarifying Legislaton.
    For Romney to continue to say he will repeal it on day one flies in the face of constitutionality legality as defined by the SCOTUS and moral justifications. to do so he would have to get his repeal passed in the House and Senate . Even apresident cannot repeal a legislation or a law already enacted without putting that to congessional vote. Executive privilege or orders dont give that power.
    If he keeps that up he just loses come November.
    Regards,
    Hodgson.

    June 28, 2012 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  15. Thrower of Stones

    If you don't already have healthcare you aren't middle class, and this will keep rates low, so this is hardly a tax increase on the middle class.

    June 28, 2012 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  16. Elaine

    Darling, it aint no maybe on tax increase, it is the biggest tax increase on the mmiddle class no matter how sugar coated.

    June 28, 2012 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  17. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    What you so mad about No6? The fact that a Republican idea was passed by the Democrats? I'm not thrilled either, but for different reasons...

    June 28, 2012 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  18. beevee

    Waht the amdinistration has not done with regards to the healthcare reform is explaining it to american people (both dems and reps) in simple terms so that they can understand and appreciates its benefits for everyone and particularly the low income americans who think that this law is an encraochments on their freedom and does not benefit them. This notion and fear of the maerican public must be dispelled by the president's team to gain their support and tilt the election in his favor. Otherwise Romney's gang could use it to seed fear in voters' mind that this law is about taking away ones freedom of choice.

    June 28, 2012 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  19. Sniffit

    "In a 5-4 ruling, the high court decided the individual mandate requiring people to have health insurance is valid as a tax, even though it is impermissible under the Constitution's commerce clause."

    That is a purposeful mischaracterization. It is not "impermissible under the Constitution's Commerce Clause." That formulation misleadingly implies...no doubt intentionally...that the Commerce Clause prohibits the mandate. IT DOES NOT. The Commerce Clause does not "prohibit" anything. What it does is authorize and give the government certain powers. Roberts' decision was that the mandate is not one of the things the Commerce Clause would authorize.

    Roberts' decision, in fact, was effectively a ruling that amounts to deciding to not follow a century+ of Commerce Clause precedent and instead create a new limitation on the precedent that didn't exist before. Under existing precedent, Obama and the lawyers who argued for the mandate were indeed correct about the Commerce Clause. The Court decided to create new law in the form of a limitation...he essentially said that "I'll know it when I see it...and now I've seen it...and this is the bridge too far."

    June 28, 2012 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  20. Namejw

    It's only a tax if you choose not to purchase health insurance and leech off the rest of us who pay. If I pay, you should too. How you pay is up to you.

    June 28, 2012 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  21. Independent

    I am happy maybe I can quit paying for irresponsible people. If someone can afford starbucks coffee everyday and the latest apple phone or ipad they can afford to pay for healthcare. Thank you Mr. President and The Supreme Court.

    June 28, 2012 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  22. Sniffit

    "You really believe that the insurance companies will reduce premiums? I have a bridge to sell you..."

    Can I buy your bridge with the $1.3B in premiums rebates that the insurance companies are handing out this year solely because the ACA requires them to use at least 80% of the premiums received for actual health care expenses? What's that? You didn't know becuase the MSM buried that story? Well golly, what a suprise. You see, this provision prevents insurers from gouging on their premiums in order to increase their profit margins. If they take in $1B and only pay $600M in health care costs, they have to give their customers the other $200M back and only keep $200M as profit instead of $400M...and they're being forced to do that this year, to the tune of $500M+ going back to large employers, $400M+ going back to small employers and $300M+ going back to the self-insured. Guess whose 8 figure salaries might have to be only 7 figures now and then tell the class what the insurance industry is REALLY concerned about when it opposes the ACA.

    June 28, 2012 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  23. anagram_kid

    Jeff Texas wrote – All I know is that when this originally passed my compnies insurance changed….
    The change had nothing to do with the bill since there was nothing in effect at the time of passage to impact your plan. If you don’t believe me, reach out to your HR/Benefits department and find out why it went up. My guess is that this was at the start of a new coverage period when premiums usually go up. As for the illegal immigrants getting coverage. It simply astounds me how loudly some complain about such a small group of people. If you think illegal immigrants are the reason health care is so expensive you are very uniformed.

    June 28, 2012 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  24. W l jones

    We are not three hundred million but one people do not take my word go to any country out side of the good OLD US or A you will soon learnt We all got your back. This is what our healthcare mean. Bless.

    June 28, 2012 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  25. Fair is Fair

    "This maybe a tax increase but your premiums will fall due to the fact that you won't have to pay for the non or under insured so its a moog point"
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    If you REALLY think this is going to lower your premiums, you've been severely mislead. And I've never heard of a "moog" point, but that's a moot point.

    June 28, 2012 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
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