Obama hails healthcare 'victory'

2012-06-28 19:20
US President Barack Obama has hailed a decision by the Supreme Court to uphold his healthcare reforms as a "victory" for people across America and urged opponents to swing behind the law. (Luke Sharrett, AP)

US President Barack Obama has hailed a decision by the Supreme Court to uphold his healthcare reforms as a "victory" for people across America and urged opponents to swing behind the law. (Luke Sharrett, AP)

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Washington - US President Barack Obama hailed Thursday's decision by the Supreme Court to uphold his health care reforms as a "victory" for people across America and urged opponents to swing behind the law.

"Whatever the politics, today's decision was a victory for people all over this country whose lives are more secure because of this law and the Supreme Court's decision to uphold it," Obama said.

Obama spoke after the Supreme Court handed down a decision upholding Obama's landmark health care reform which seeks to expand insurance coverage to another 32 million people.

"The highest court in the land has now spoken. We will continue to implement this law. We will work together to improve on it where we can," Obama said.

"But what we won't do, what the country cannot afford to do is to refight the political battles of two years ago or back the way they were," he said.

Republicans, however, vowed to fight on to repeal the "Affordable Health Care Act", with the House of Representatives scheduling a vote on it 11 July.

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