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On June 24, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling in favor of the Affordable Care Act in King v. Burwell, which saved health insurance for more than 6 million people. The decision prompted a number of notable public figures and organizations to respond.

Following the decision, President Barack Obama addressed the nation and also tweeted regarding the decision. Tweets from the president’s Twitter account include:

“Today’s decision is a victory for every hardworking American. Access to quality, affordable health care is a right, not a privilege.”

“More than 16 million Americans have gained health coverage after 5 years of the Affordable Care Act.”

“129 million Americans with pre-existing conditions can no longer be denied health coverage.”

The tweets from the president continued throughout the day, and Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell also released a statement regarding the decision.

“Today’s Supreme Court decision confirms that the Affordable Care Act’s tax credits are available to all eligible Americans no matter where they live. Americans in all 50 states and the District of Columbia can continue to rely on the security and peace of mind that come with affordable, quality health care coverage.” said Burwell in a statement released following the June 25 decision. “Over six million Americans and their families will sleep easier knowing they will still be able to afford health coverage. Millions more won’t have to worry about an upward spiral in their premiums because of today’s decision, even if they didn’t buy their insurance through the Marketplace. And the law’s financial assistance will be available in the next open enrollment so that others can benefit as well.”

Families USA, a non-profit organization that advocates for consumer health care, also released a statement regarding the King v. Burwell decision from Executive Director Ron Pollack:

“Today’s decision has monumental significance: It means that the Affordable Care Act is, and will remain, the law of the land. Millions of families across the country will breathe a big sigh of relief about today’s decision. The Affordable Care Act has provided coverage to 16 million Americans who did not have it before. They will now have the peace of mind knowing their health coverage will not be taken away, and they will continue to receive financial help to keep premiums affordable.”

Prevention Institute also released a statement regarding the decision. Larry Cohen stated the following:

“Today’s ruling further advances the notion that quality, affordable healthcare is a basic human right, not a privilege for the affluent. We celebrate this important step — but we also recognize there is more work to be done to ensure people have an equal opportunity for health. In order to transform our country from having a “sick care” system to a true “healthcare” system, we must continue to focus on primary prevention to keep all people healthy and safe before they get sick or injured in the first place.”

Marc Boutin, the CEO of the National Health Council, also released the following statement:

“The Affordable Care Act has proven to be an effective way of ensuring people with chronic diseases and disabilities have access to meaningful insurance coverage. I am thrilled that more than 6 million individuals who rely on financial assistance to pay for health insurance can now breathe a sigh of relief. The Supreme Court made the right decision – a decision that will enhance coverage and improve patient access to quality health care. Now that this decision is behind us, let’s focus our thoughts and actions on strengthening and enhancing the exchanges to better serve the patient community.”

If Twitter isn’t the first place you’d look and neither are press releases, a number of notable news sources such as the New York Times, the Washington Post and US News have covered the story.

For more information regarding King v. Burwell, check out the SCOTUS decision.