Republican presidential hopefuls signaled Thursday they have no plans to abandon their quest to repeal Obamacare after after the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the law for the second time since its passage in 2010.
"I am disappointed by today’s Supreme Court ruling in the King v. Burwell case. But this decision is not the end of the fight against Obamacare," former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said in a statement.
“Today’s Supreme Court ruling upholding the administration’s implementation of ObamaCare means Republicans in the House and Senate must redouble their efforts to repeal and replace this destructive and costly law,” Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who is expected to launch a presidential campaign next month, said in a statement.
“I remain committed to repealing this bad law and replacing it with my consumer-centered plan that puts patients and families back in control of their health care decisions,” Florida Sen. Marco Rubio said.
Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry said, “While I disagree with the ruling, it was never up to the Supreme Court to save us from Obamacare. We need leadership in the White House that recognizes the folly of having to pass a bill to know what’s in it.”
By a 6-3 vote, The Court upheld nationwide tax subsidies that lower the cost or premiums for consumers regardless of whether they buy coverage through federal or state exchanges.
“The Affordable Care Act isn't perfect, but the evidence is clear: it's working...Republicans should stop trying to tear down the law and start working across party lines to build on these successes,” Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton said.
On the Senate floor, Sen. Lindsey Graham said, "If the public wants to continue Obamacare, which I think would be a huge mistake, vote Democrat. If you want to repeal and replace Obamacare with something better for you and your family, bipartisan, vote Republican. Hillary Clinton, the most likely democratic nominee, will make Obamacare her own."
Bush and Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee were among the first of the GOP candidates to use the ruling to raise funds.
“As president, I will for the duration of my presidency, promote and sign all measures leading to Obamacare’s defunding, de-authorization, and repeal,” Huckabee wrote to supporters. “If that’s the kind of leadership you want to see in Washington, I urge you to immediately support my campaign with a $10 donation.”