SCOTUS Obamacare ruling: 2016 presidential candidates, other politicians weigh in


Obama comments on the Supreme Court ruling at the White House Rose Garden. (Photo: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)

The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the provision of tax subsidies under the 2010 Affordable Care Act, President Barack Obama’s signature health care law.

It was the second time in three years the nation’s highest court has handed the Obama administration a key victory in its fight to defend the law, which has been under unremitting attack from conservatives since its passage.

“The Affordable Care Act is here to stay,” Obama said in a statement from the White House Rose Garden after the court ruling. “This is a good day for America.”

Shortly after the court’s decision was handed down, those hailing the ruling — and hating on it — lit up Twitter.

Republican presidential hopefuls flocked to Twitter to trash the Supreme Court’s decision, with some — including Sens. Marco Rubio (Fla.) and Rand Paul (Ky.) — vowing to continue to seek the repeal of the law via congressional action.

Others chose to focus on the melodrama between Chief Justice John Roberts, who wrote the majority opinion, and Justice Antonin Scalia, who wrote the dissent.