Below are excerpts of written statements or live interviews about the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on the Affordable Care Act.
The 6-3 ruling in King vs. Burwell handed the Obama administration a major victory and leaves no major legal challenges to the Affordable Care Act. States retain the right to refuse to set up their own online health-care exchanges or to expand Medicaid to cover more residents. Oklahomans have bought ACA policies on the federal exchange.
Gov. Mary Fallin (R)
“The Supreme Court’s decision today in King v. Burwell means that taxpayers will be, for the time being, stuck with a law that is deeply flawed, disruptive to the lives of American families and a destructive force in our economy…
“Regardless of the court’s ruling today, the status quo cannot be allowed to stand. Now, more than ever, the American people need Congress to use its powers to move the country towards constructive, market-oriented solutions that empower families, provide flexibility to states, improve health and reduce the cost of health care.”
Oklahoma Policy Institute
Nonprofit research and advocacy group
“The Supreme Court decision is a victory for tens of thousands of Oklahomans and millions of Americans. The Affordable Care Act’s subsidies are helping more than 87,000 Oklahomans purchase affordable health coverage and making Oklahoma a stronger, healthier state…
“It is time for Oklahoma lawmakers to move past fruitless obstruction of the law and shift that energy into making sure that it succeeds in providing access to affordable coverage to as many Oklahomans as possible. A good start would be to accept federal funds to extend health coverage to the 150,000 low-income, working Oklahomans in a “coverage crater” because they make too much to qualify for Soonercare but not enough to receive subsidies on the federal marketplace.”