Members of Minnesota's Congressional delegation wasted no time sharing their reactions to Thursday morning's U.S. Supreme Court ruling, which upheld a key Obamacare provision.
Within minutes of the ruling, emailed statements began arriving in reporters' mailboxes.
In a 6-3 decision, the court ruled that tax subsidies should be allowed in states that have opted not to set up their own health insurance exchanges, instead relying on the federal insurance exchange.
First District DFL Rep. Tim Walz applauded the court's ruling in King v. Burwell.
“The goal of the Affordable Care Act is to provide all Americans with health care. It simply doesn’t make sense, nor was it the authors’ intent, to provide subsidies only to people in states that created their own exchanges, and I’m glad the Supreme Court agreed," said Walz.
Walz added that while the law is not perfect, it is working and more American have health insurance. He said he expects improvements will need to be made to the Affordable Care Act but he said he will "fight vigorously" against any attempts to repeal the law.
Second District GOP Rep. John Kline said that despite the court's ruling in favor of the Obama administration, it's clear the Affordable Care Act needs a major overhaul.
"Today’s decision does not change the fact that the law is fundamentally flawed, and it doesn’t change our resolve to repeal it. Our nation desperately needs a patient-centered health care system, one that provides working families and employers more choices, greater flexibility, and affordable coverage," Kline said in a statement.
U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar welcomed the Supreme Court's ruling.
"The Supreme Court’s decision will allow 6.4 million Americans to maintain the health care coverage they need. Now that the Supreme Court has spoken, we must keep working to ensure that the Affordable Care Act helps families across the country with access to the high-quality health care that they deserve," Klobuchar said in a statement