Local attorney reacts to Affordable Care Act decision

JACKSON, Miss.-Many republican leaders, including Governor Phil Bryant and Senator Thad Cochran, have challenged the Affordable Care Act.

WJTV News Channel 12’s Lucy Dieckhaus spoke with the staff attorney at the Mississippi Center for Justice’s about today’s ruling.

Attorney Courtney Hunt says the biggest winners in this case are Mississippi families.

“If the court had ruled the other way all of the subsidies would be lost and over 100,000 people in Mississippi would have been left without insurance,” said Courtney Hunt.

“The families that are receiving health insurance subsidies are definitely breathing a sigh of relief right now,” said Courtney Hunt.

Speaker of the United States House of Representatives John Boehner vows he and his colleagues will work to replace the law.

“It’s just fundamentally broken, and we are going to continue our efforts to do everything we can to put the American people back in charge of their own health care and not the federal government,” Boehner said.

Senator Cochran agrees.

“The Supreme Court decision doesn’t mean Obamacare is good for Americans. It remains an expensive and burdensome law,” said Cochran.

But Hunt calls for our state leaders to move forward and put Mississippi families first.

“It’s an instance of supreme court upholding the Affordable Care Act which has been under attack for years. At this point, it is pretty clear that it’s the law of the land. And it’s here to stay,” said Hunt.


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