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President Biden seen during the US - Russia Summit 2021. Photo: Mikhail Svetlov/Getty Images

President Biden called Thursday's decision by the Supreme Court to throw out a Republican challenge to the Affordable Care Act a "major victory for all Americans benefitting from this groundbreaking and life-changing law."

Why it matters: The Supreme Court on Thursday ruled 7-2 to toss the lawsuit and allows former President Obama's signature achievement to remain intact.

  • The ACA has been the law of the land since 2011 and covers nearly 20 million people.

What they're saying: "After more than a decade of attacks on the Affordable Care Act through the Congress and the courts, today’s decision – the third major challenge to the law that the U.S. Supreme Court has rejected – it is time move forward and keep building on this landmark law," Biden said in a statement.

  • Obama also put out a statement celebrating the ruling saying it "reaffirms what we have long known to be true: the Affordable Care Act is here to stay."
  • "The principle of universal coverage has been established, and 31 million people now have access to care through the law we passed—with millions more who can no longer be denied coverage or charged more because of a preexisting condition," Obama said. "Now we need to build on the Affordable Care Act and continue to strengthen and expand it."

The other side: House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy, House Republican Whip Steve Scalise and House Republican Conference Chair Elise Stefanik, in a joint statement, said "Republicans have always believed that forcing Americans to buy a government-mandated product was unconstitutional."

  • "While the Supreme Court ruled today that states do not have standing to challenge the mandate, the ruling doesn't change the fact that Obamacare failed to meet its promises and is hurting hard-working American families," the statement said. "Now, Congress must work together to improve American health care. "

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Florida lawmaker introduces abortion bill modeled after Texas law

A view of the old Florida Capitol building, which sits in front of the current Capitol building, in Tallahassee. Photo: Mark Wallheiser/Getty Images

A Florida lawmaker introduced a bill Wednesday modeled after Texas' new law prohibiting abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected, or roughly six weeks — before many people know they are pregnant.

Why it matters: Similar bills introduced to the Florida legislature have failed, but that was before the Supreme Court declined to block Texas' law, which is the most restrictive abortion law to be enforced since the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision legalized abortion nationwide in 1973, according to AP.

Pence says he hopes Supreme Court will overturn abortion rights

Former Vice President Mike Pence speaking in Budapest on Sept. 23. Photo: Attila Kisbenedek/AFP via Getty Images

Former Vice President Mike Pence said Wednesday he's hopeful the majority-conservative Supreme Court secured during the Trump administration will overturn abortion rights in the United States, according to AP.

Why it matters: Pence made the comments at a biennial forum held in Budapest by conservative leaders concerned about changes in demographics, family values, fertility rates and illegal immigration into Western countries.

Sep 24, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Republicans’ secret lobbying

Illustration: Shoshana Gordon/Axios

The five Senate Republicans who helped negotiate and draft the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill have been privately courting their Republican colleagues to pass the measure in the House.

Why it matters: House GOP leaders are actively urging their members to oppose the bill. The senators are working to undercut that effort as Monday shapes up as a do-or-die moment for the bipartisan bill.