With a narrow 5-4 margin, the U.S. Supreme Court Thursday upheld the constitutionality of President Obama's controversial health care law. The ruling will probably impact the life of every American and will almost certainly spur Republicans to call for the law's repeal by Congress. And the decision will likely play a large role in the fall presidential race.
Addressing the nation on live TV shortly after noon EDT, Obama said: "Today's decision was a victory for people all over this country whose lives are more secure because of this law."
Reacting to the Supreme Court ruling, Gov. Steve Beshear issued this statement:
“This Supreme Court decision removes much of the uncertainty about the Affordable Care Act.
"Kentucky has been systematically preparing to meet the implementation deadlines set forth in the bill as a precautionary matter, and now we will move ahead to establish a state-operated Health Benefit Exchange. I will soon issue an Executive Order to create the state health insurance exchange so Kentucky will be prepared to operate it by the date the law requires.
"We continue to review the Supreme Court’s opinion, particularly on the Medicaid portion of the Affordable Care Act to determine what our options may be. “
And Cabinet for Health and Family Services Secretary Audrey Haynes issued her own statement:
“As the Governor has directed, the Cabinet will continue plans to establish a state-operated Health Benefit Exchange. A great deal of preliminary work to establish the Exchange has already been done at the state level and significant federal grant funding has been received. The Governor will issue an executive order soon to create the Exchange, and we are developing plans for a series of forums to gather input from around the state.
"We continue to review the ruling to fully understand all the implications of the decision.”