Republicans not ready to give up fight against health care law

Jun 25, 2015 12:51 PM by News Staff

WASHINGTON (AP) - Now that the Supreme Court has upheld the nationwide tax subsidies in President Barack Obama's health care law, Obama is declaring that the law is "here to stay."

But Republicans aren't ending their efforts to overturn it. House Speaker John Boehner (BAY'-nur) says they will keep trying to repeal it, and replace it with what he calls "patient-centered solutions that meet the needs of seniors, small business owners, and middle-class families."

It's the second major victory for Obama in Supreme Court tests of his most significant domestic achievement. And Obama says the law is no longer about politics, but about the benefits that millions of people are receiving.

Chief Justice John Roberts, who wrote the majority opinion, said Congress had passed the health care law "to improve health insurance markets, not to destroy them."

But in a dissent, Justice Antonin Scalia said his fellow justices had twice saved the law from worthy challenges. And he says the court is making it clear that it "favors some laws over others, and is prepared to do whatever it takes to uphold and assist its favorites."


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