WASHINGTON – President Obama claimed victory Thursday in the Supreme Court decision to uphold his healthcare law, declaring it a win for the American people rather than for him politically.
In a brief address from the White House, Obama embraced the court decision as an affirmation of his signature legislative accomplishment and alluded subtly to his reelection campaign.
“The highest court in the land has now spoken,” Obama said. “What we won’t do, what the country can’t afford to do, is re-fight the political battles of two years ago or go back to the way things were.”
The country must now keep moving “forward,” he said, using the official catchword of his campaign.
The statement was a direct challenge to Republicans, who are now vowing to repeal the law they refer to as “Obamacare.”