Hospitals “relieved” by Obamacare decision


FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) — The response is about what you would expect. Republicans are disappointed by the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to uphold Obamacare subsidies. Democrats are pleased.

But those at the center of healthcare are relieved — hospitals.

The Supreme Court’s decision on Thursday to allow the government to continue to provide tax subsidies to Americans who buy health insurance through the federal marketplace provoked the following statement from the Indiana Hospital Association:

Indiana hospitals are breathing a collective sigh of relief with today’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling. Hundreds of thousands of our patients with moderate to lower incomes will continue to have access to tax credits and subsidies that make health coverage affordable.

In northeast Indiana, spokespeople with Parkview Health and the Lutheran Health Network echoed the Indiana Hospital Association’s remarks.

Sen. Dan Coats (R-IN) has opposed the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, since the beginning. He thinks there’s a reason hospitals are responding so favorably to Thursday’s decision.

“They’re saying that now because maybe it is slightly better for them, but it’s not better for the consumer,” Coats told NewsChannel 15. “After six years of being shoved down their throats, the hospitals have made very costly adjustments and they probably didn’t want to go through that again.”

Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-IN) sees it differently. His office released the following statement about Thursday’s decision:

I am pleased that the Supreme Court decided in favor of what we in Congress intended: every American—no matter where you live—should have access to affordable health care…

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