645X363 - Full Sharing - Additional videos are suggested upon completion
Senate Republicans quickly pledged Thursday to fight to repeal ObamaCare in the wake of a Supreme Court ruling upholding the law's federal subsidies. 
 
The Supreme Court ruled in a 6-3 decision that 6.4 million people can continue to receive subsidies that allow them to purchase healthcare plans, handing a victory to the Obama administration. 
 
ADVERTISEMENT

“Today’s decision doesn’t change the fact that Obamacare has been a disaster for the millions of hardworking American families who have seen their health care costs skyrocket or lost their insurance entirely," the senior Republican senator added. 

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellJuan Williams: Trump’s policies on race are more important than his rhetoric It’s Mitch McConnell’s Washington – and we’re just living in it Trump makes new overtures to Democrats MORE (R-Ky.) quickly weighed in, saying that the decision "won't change ObamaCare's multitude of broken promises." 

The Republican leader tried to pressure Democrats who supported the law, saying they face a choice to either "crow about Obamacare’s latest wobble toward the edge, or work with us to address the ongoing negative impact of a 2,000-page law that continues to make life miserable for too many of the same people it purported to help.” 

Sen. Orrin HatchOrrin Grant HatchHatch mocks Warren over DNA test with his own results showing '1/1032 T-Rex' Romney defends Trump’s policies as ‘effective,' disputes he led 'never Trump' movement GOP fractured over filling Supreme Court vacancies in 2020 MORE (R-Utah) added that Republicans will continue to move forward with their legislative alternatives, including the Patient CARE Act, which would repeal ObamaCare.  
 
“Fortunately, Republicans have a plan to reverse this course by repealing and replacing Obamacare with reforms that put patients — not Washington — first," he said. "Moving forward, we will continue to seek input on our legislative proposal … and use every opportunity available to give both states and patients more freedom and flexibility." 
 
Sen. John BarrassoJohn Anthony BarrassoWhy grizzly bear hunting season isn’t happening Trump poised to sign bipartisan water infrastructure bill Dems to force health care vote weeks before Nov. midterms MORE (R-Wyo.), who has repeatedly come to the Senate floor to criticize the law and Democratic support for it, suggested Republicans would use every available avenue to change the law.

“We’ll take every action possible in Congress, in the courts and in statehouses across our country to stop this unworkable and unaffordable law from hurting more Americans," said Barrasso, chairman of the Senate Republican Policy Committee. "We’ll continue to look for opportunities to deliver real reform that lowers costs, improves access and helps all Americans live healthier lives.” 

Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) added that the Supreme Court's decision "does not repeal the problems with Obamacare." 

"The fight to repeal and replace Obamacare to give patients the power must continue," he said.  “I remain committed to repealing and replacing Obamacare with conservative, free market solutions that give you the power.”

Democrats quickly doubled down on their support for the Afforable Care Act. 

Senate Minority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidSenate heads home to campaign after deal on Trump nominees GOP has always been aggressive in trying to weaponize the system of judicial nominations Republicans come full circle with Supreme Court battle to the end MORE (D-Nev.) suggested that it was time for Republicans to rethink their strategy. 

"I say this respectfully to my Senate colleagues, and I mean that: Stop banging your heads against the wall on this legislation. It passed," he said. "Move on. Republicans should really, they should pause for a minute and look back. … I would hope Republicans would rethink what they've been up to."

Sen. Chuck SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerFive takeaways from the final Tennessee Senate debate Schumer rips Trump 'Medicare for all' op-ed as 'smears and sabotage' GOP senator suspects Schumer of being behind release of Ford letter MORE (D-N.Y.) added that he hopes "our Republicans colleagues will now give up their quest to repeal Obamacare and move on to more productive activities for the middle class.” 

And Sen. Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinDurbin opposes Saudi arms sale over missing journalist Noisy democracy, or rude people behaving like children? Kavanaugh tensions linger after bitter fight MORE (D-Ill.) suggested that Republicans should focus on improving health insurance, saying "memo to the non-stop critics of the Affordable Care Act: Stop trying to kill this program and work to make it stronger."