Hillary Clinton, while saying the Affordable Care Act isn't "perfect," is embracing the law at the outset of her presidential campaign, following Thursday's Supreme Court decision upholding a key piece of Obamacare.
The Supreme Court rejected the plaintiff's arguments in King v. Burwell, upholding subsidies in every state, regardless of whether its exchange was federally or state-run.
"I applaud the Supreme Court's decision to affirm what the authors of the Affordable Care Act clearly intended and wrote into law: that health insurance should be affordable and available in every state across the country," Clinton said in a statement.
Clinton also argued that it's time for Republicans, who have voted to repeal or dismantle the law more than 50 times, to "move on."
"Now that the Supreme Court has once again re-affirmed the ACA as the law of the land, it's time for the Republican attacks to end," Clinton said.
While acknowledging unspecified imperfections in the law, Clinton highlighted several of its more popular components, like health insurance companies no longer being able to discriminate against people for preexisting conditions.
Clinton also pointed to her own push for health care reform, which included an ill-fated attempt during her husband's administration, adding "I'm not going to stop now." Despite the Affordable Care Act still drawing divided public support, Clinton shows no signs of walking away.
Whether she wanted it or not, though, Clinton is going to be put on the defense regarding Obamacare during her presidential campaign. That was on clear display Thursday, with Republican presidential contender Jeb Bush choosing not to go after the Supreme Court (Chief Justice John Roberts, who wrote the majority opinion, was appointed by his brother), but to focus on Clinton and President Obama.
"This is the direct result of President Obama," Bush said in an email to supporters. "He deliberately forced ObamaCare on the American people in a partisan and toxic way."
Bush said Clinton would be "more of the same" when it came to health care, adding that there needed to be a conservative president who would "repeal and replace Obamacare with a conservative solution."
He also used the occasion to fundraise, saying the only way to prevent four more years of the same policies was "to make the most generous contribution you can afford right now to stop her."
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Eric Garcia is a staff correspondent for National Journal. He previously was a transparency reporter for MarketWatch, where he reported on financial regulation issues. His work has also appeared in the Southern Political Report, Salon, the American Prospect and the New Republic. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and covered politics for its campus paper, the Daily Tar Heel.