Obamacare cleared its second big legal hurdle in three years on Thursday, and Nancy Pelosi is overjoyed.
"So jubilant about this," Pelosi said at the beginning of her weekly press conference. "It's a victory for common sense and for all American families."
In a 6-3 decision Thursday, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Obamacare's insurance subsidies, keeping markets in 34 states intact and preserving coverage for more than 6 million Americans. But the White House's win may also bring comfort to congressional Republicans, who would have had to come up with and agree on a solution to maintain people's coverage if the Court had ruled against the subsidies—with red states potentially being the hardest hit. Just ahead of the ruling, Republicans hadn't gotten very far.
Pelosi said it's appropriate that just before July 4 the Court would rule in favor of Obamacare.
The Court's decision—as well as the law itself—"upholds the vows of our Founders, for life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness," she said.
Asked if Republicans could try to use the reconciliation process to continue their anti-Obamacare efforts, Pelosi said "we'll keep fighting" if they do.
"They may try this, that, or the other thing, but the more time goes by, the more people benefit from the Affordable Care Act," Pelosi said, "and the more ridiculous they look."