ObamaCare fully funded in White House budget

President Obama's proposed 2016 budget would fully fund the healthcare law and make no serious changes to its implementation.

The budget document, released Monday, praised ObamaCare as a success and vowed continued funds for premium tax credits on the health insurance marketplaces.


"The Affordable Care Act has helped millions more Americans get covered. It has forced insurance companies to play by the rules by prohibiting discrimination for pre-existing conditions and eliminating lifetime insurance caps. It has also helped put our nation on a more sustainable fiscal path by slowing the growth of healthcare costs," Obama wrote in an introduction to the budget.

Fully funding healthcare reform — while not a surprising move – suggests that the White House is unlikely to accept Republican attacks on or changes to the law this Congress.

The budget document did not mention the possibility of changes to the law by the Supreme Court, which is poised to consider whether tax credits issued by the federally run marketplaces are valid.

The House is expected to vote on a full ObamaCare repeal bill this week, assuring a White House veto threat.

In total, Obama's budget blueprint would spend nearly $4 trillion, exceeding the spending limits introduced under the 2011 budget deal. Officials estimate the budget would cut deficits by $1.8 trillion over the next 10 years.

Read more about the proposal — which includes tax increases on the wealthy and increased spending on infrastructure — here.