Gov. McAuliffe: Supreme Court’s Obamacare decision a “victory” for Virginians

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe calls today’s U.S. Supreme Court decision upholding Obamacare tax subsidies “a victory for the 286,000 Virginians who will now keep affordable health care that is essential to economic success.”

“It is also a clear sign that now is the time to drop cynical efforts to prevent families from accessing care that will make their lives better. With this issue decided, I hope we can now put partisan politics aside and help 400,000 Virginians get access to health care by bringing our taxpayer dollars home to close the coverage gap,” McAuliffe said in a statement.

He was joined by Virginia’s two U.S. Senators, both Democrats.

“I applaud the Supreme Court for its decision to uphold the important tax credits that millions of Americans – including nearly 300,000 in Virginia – rely on to access high quality, affordable health care. The decision is a direct rejection of the heartless effort led by health care law opponents to push families – many of whom have insurance coverage for the first time – back into the ranks of the vulnerable uninsured,” said Sen. Tim Kaine.

Sen. Mark Warner noted it was the second time the high court has upheld Obamacare, officially known as the Affordable Care Act.

“Today’s 6-3 decision preserves affordable health care coverage for more than 300,000 Virginians who purchased coverage through the federal exchange. This is the second time the nation’s highest court has validated our country’s important shift toward affordable and accessible health care for everyone,” Warner said. “I consistently have said there are many ways we could improve the Affordable Care Act. I really hope today’s ruling allows us as a country to move beyond divisive attacks and come together to work to improve health care quality, access, and affordability.”

Chief Justice John Roberts and fellow conservative Anthony Kennedy joined the court’s liberal members in upholding the subsidies, which states use to establish their own online healthcare exchanges.

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