TOPEKA (KSNT) — News that the Supreme Court upheld the controversial law isn’t sitting well with members of the GOP in congress.
Republicans were hopeful a minor wording issue regarding subsidies for low income Americans would finally be enough to bring the whole system down.
The Supreme Court’s ruling focused on four words: “Established by the state.”
Technically, only 16 states set up their own health insurance exchanges. The remaining states, including Kansas, are covered by the federal exchange.
Many Republican leaders believe people in those 34 other states shouldn’t be eligible for that extra subsidy.
“I certainly was disappointed in the decision. I believe a clear reading of the law and a clear reading of the constitution would dictate changes and find these subsidies illegal,” said Rep. Tim Huelskamp.
Democrats see the decision as a victory.
“I think it’s a very positive decision for the six and half million people around the country who now have affordable health care,” said Kathleen Sebelius, former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services.
Republicans are still not satisfied; they think the law is fundamentally flawed.
“Its damaging consequences include higher costs for individuals, families, and employers, constrained economic growth, and increased IRS intrusion in our daily lives,” said Sen. Jerry Moran in a statement Thursday.
With no help from the Supreme Court, Congressional Republicans say they’ll have to try and do it legislatively.
“We need to do a replacement; Obamacare is not working. The decision by the court does not change it or make it any better,” said Rep. Huelskamp.
“I will continue fighting to repeal this harmful law and replace it with true health reforms that lower costs,” said Sen. Pat Roberts in a statement on the Senate Floor last Thursday.
Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins tells KSNT News that although she agrees the current healthcare law is flawed, she doesn’t expect to see any kind of a repeal or replacement under the current administration.