Obama: ‘This Has Never Been a Government Takeover of Health Care’

By Melanie Arter | June 25, 2015 | 12:19 PM EDT

President Barack Obama (AP Photo)

(CNSNews.com) – In a Rose Garden press conference on Thursday, President Barack Obama reacted to the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling upholding Obamacare subsidies, calling it “a victory for hard-working Americans,” adding that “this has never been a government takeover of health care.”

“This has never been a government takeover of health care despite cries to the contrary. This reform remains what it’s always been – a set of fairer rules and tougher protections that have made health care in America more affordable, more attainable and more about you, the consumer, the American people. It’s working,” said Obama in praising the high court ruling.

 



“Today is a victory for hard-working Americans all across this country whose lives will continue to become more secure in a changing economy because of this law,” said the president.

As CNSNews.com reported, the justices ruled 6-3 that the subsidies that people receive to make insurance affordable do not depend on where they live. "Congress passed the Affordable Care Act to improve health insurance markets, not to destroy them," Chief Justice Roberts wrote in the majority opinion.

“Because of this law, and because of today’s decision, millions of Americans who I hear from every single day will continue to receive the tax credits that have given about eight in 10 people who buy insurance on the new marketplaces the choice of a health care plan that costs less than $100 a month,” said Obama.

“As the law’s provisions have gradually taken effect, more than 16 million uninsured Americans have gained coverage so far. Nearly one in three Americans who was uninsured a few years ago is insured today,” he said.

“The uninsured rate in America is the lowest since we began to keep records, and that is something we can all be proud of. Meanwhile, the law has helped hold the price of health care to its slowest growth in 50 years. If your family gets insurance through your job, so you’re not using the Affordable Care Act, you’re still paying about $1800 less per year on average than you would be if we hadn’t done anything,” added Obama.

But as CNSNews.com reported, Rep. Peter Roskam (R-Ill.) told the House Ways and Means Committee at a hearing Wednesday on the rising premiums of Obamacare that insurance premiums are actually going up, not down as Obama has promised.

In Maryland, for instance, CareFirst Blue Choice, which provides health insurance to 80 percent of the individual market, has asked for an increase of nearly 30 percent, according to Roskam.

“In Missouri, Coventry Health has requested an increase of 22.7 percent. In North Carolina, Blue Cross Blue Shield has asked for an increase of 25.7 percent. In Tennessee, Blue Cross Blue Shield has asked for an increase of 36.3 percent. In South Dakota, one of the largest insurers, Wellmark, has asked for premium hikes between 24 percent and 51.5 percent,” Roskam noted.

“One leading measure, what business owners pay out in wages and salary is now finally growing faster than what they spend on health insurance,” said Obama. “That hasn’t happened in 17 years, and that’s good for workers, and it’s good for the economy. The point is this is not an abstract thing anymore.

“This is not a set of political talking points. This is reality. We can see how it is working. This law is working exactly as it’s supposed to. In many ways, this law is working better than we expected it to,” he said.

“For all the misinformation campaigns, all the doomsday predictions, all the talk of death panels and job destruction, for all the repeal attempts, this law is now helping tens of millions of Americans,” added Obama.



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