Biden: Ideologues 'trying to strip' Americans’ health coverage

"This case represents the latest attempt by the far right ideologues to do what they've been repeatedly failed to do for a long time in the courts, in the Congress, in the court of public opinion over the last decade to eliminate the entirety of the Affordable Care Act," Biden said.

U.S. Supreme Court justices on Tuesday signaled they are unlikely to strike down the Obamacare healthcare law in a legal challenge brought by Texas and 17 other Republican-governed states and joined by President Donald Trump's administration.

Chief Justice John Roberts and fellow conservative Brett Kavanaugh indicated skepticism during two hours of arguments in the case toward the stance by the Republican challengers that the entire law must fall if a single key provision, called the individual mandate, is deemed unconstitutional.

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JOE BIDEN: The United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case of grave importance to the American people. This case represents the latest attempt by the far right ideologues to do what they've repeatedly failed to do for a long time in the courts, in the Congress, in the court of public opinion over the last decade to eliminate the entirety of the Affordable Care Act.

Now in the middle of a deadly pandemic that has infected more than 10 million Americans, nearly 1 in every 32 Americans, often with devastating consequences to their health, these ideologues are once again trying to strip health coverage away from the American people.

79% of American people, including 9 out of 10 Democrats, 8 out of 10 independents, and 2/3 of Republicans want to keep the ACA protections for people with pre-existing conditions, which would be eliminated if this lawsuit were to succeed.

This isn't hyperbole. It's real, as real as it gets. When a family is faced with the awful news of a child's diagnosis of leukemia or a mom forced to battle against breast cancer, an action that leaves loved ones unable to live the life they've always known, it stops your heart.

In that moment, the very last thing on your mind-- the very last thing that should be on your mind is whether you can afford the treatment. The Affordable Care Act was created to put a stop to that inhumanity. It was created to ensure that families thrust into their worst nightmare of their lives could focus not only-- not on money but on the fight that really matters. Obamacare is a law that every American should be proud of.