Obama hails healthcare 'victory'

2012-06-28 19:20

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.

  • QuantumDM - 2012-06-28 19:24

    Indeed a victory - go Obama!

  • jean.rossouwsa - 2012-06-28 20:51

    Supreme Court says it is a tax. Obama rejected the notion that the penalty for not buying it amounted to a tax hike. Lies, lies and more lies a sell an agenda! And this in a country that cannot afford it anyway!

  • Tommo - 2012-06-29 00:56

    Obama for president!!!

  • CoronaSherona - 2012-06-29 02:09

    Cannot stand this snake or the tripe he spills out and the dribble that the Yanks lap up. He is taking the US down and they are too stupid to see it. The only thing black about that man is his tongue and heart.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-06-29 02:40

      "The Yanks lap up"? There are 350 million Americans of all creeds and colors. 48% voted against him in the last election. .

      sterling.ferguson.5 - 2012-06-29 06:56

      You got that wrong, when Obama became the president the US was in a tail spin with the economy about to collapse and look where it is today. The stock market had drop to 5 ooo points and look where it's today 13000 point. The US was involved in two wars in the middle east that cost the US two trillion dollars plus and he has wind down one and trying to do the same with the other one. The person running against Obama passed a health care bill in Mass. and said it was the thing of the future now, he is saying that he is against it. What a line of BS by these politicians.

      jean.rossouwsa - 2012-06-29 07:14

      So right! No taxes on the middle class? Lies! Obamacare now Obamatax

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