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Thursday, June 25, 2015 - 12:05pm

Decision Means More Than 400,000 Georgians Will Keep Coverage

More than 412,000 Georgians can receive tax subsidies designed to make health insurance affordable after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the nationwide assistance on Thursday.

Experts say the court's ruling means little will change for people using the federal exchange to buy insurance.

Challengers of the Affordable Care Act argued that only people enrolled in a state-run exchange should be eligible for the subsidies.


Georgia politicians were quick to release statements on the ruling. Democrats were elated. "I have sat through too many hearings with the pointed goal of questioning the legality and effectiveness of the act," Atlanta congressman John Lewis said. "The decision the Supreme Court made today should end all debate about the constitutionality of the bill Congress enacted and President Obama signed into law five years ago."

Members of the Democratic caucus in the Georgia Senate said attention should turn to using federal funds to expand the state's Medicaid program. "This funding represents tax dollars Georgians have already paid into the system and it is only right that money flows back to Georgia in order to provide health care to our most vulnerable citizens, protect our rural hospitals, create jobs and improve economic development," a statement from the caucus said.

Republican U.S. Sens. Johnny Isakson and David Perdue called for a repeal of the health care law. Roswell GOP Rep. Tom Price, chair of the House Budget Committee, also called for repeal. He wants Congress to replace the Affordable Care Act with his own bill, which includes "individual health pools and expanded health savings accounts, tax credits for the purchase of coverage and lawsuit abuse reforms to reduce the costly practice of defensive medicine," Price said. President Obama has said he would veto any repeal or replacement of the law.