Obama says ACA ‘is here to stay’ after supreme court dismisses Republican challenge – live

‘It is time to move forward,’ Biden says after supreme court decision Supreme court votes 7-2, preserving healthcare for millions House votes to repeal measure that gave Bush authority to invade Iraq Congress approves Juneteenth as a federal holiday New York grand jury stores up trouble for Trump Organization executives 8.21pm BST Donald Trump has told Fox News he “didn’t win” the 2020 presidential election, and wishes Joe Biden well. The former president made the admission seven months after the election was called for his rival and five months after Biden’s inauguration, during a rambling phone interview with Fox show host Sean Hannity on Wednesday night. Related: Trump tells Fox News he ‘didn’t win’ election but doesn’t drop fraud lie 8.03pm BST Health and human services secretary Xavier Becerra described the supreme court’s decision on the Affordable Care Act as “a great victory”. “It’s the law of the land,” Becerra told MSNBC. “Thank God that, by a decision 7-2 number, we have common sense prevailing in the supreme court.” HHS @SecBecerra reacts to Obamacare ruling: "It's a great victory, it's the law of the land." pic.twitter.com/eVTa82Br5P 7.42pm BST Michael Wolff’s third book about Donald Trump, focusing on the final days of his presidency, will be published in July under a provocative title: Landslide. Trump lost to Joe Biden by more than 7m ballots in the popular vote and by 306-232 in the electoral college – a result he called a landslide when it was in his favour against Hillary Clinton in 2016. Thanks @MichaelWolff for recycling the title of my first best-seller (with fabulous Doyle McManus) Landslide: The Unmaking of the President, 1984-1988. The original revealed secrets inside Reagan's White House: https://t.co/ftffVQUruB via @amazon Related: Michael Wolff to publish third exposé of Trump, covering last days in office 7.25pm BST Joe Biden had a somewhat cheekier response on Twitter to the supreme court’s decision to dismiss the Obamacare challenge. “A big win for the American people,” the president said in a tweet. He also encouraged Americans to sign up for a health insurance plan through the Affordable Care Act portal. A big win for the American people. There’s no better day than today to sign up for quality, affordable health care at https://t.co/gRX1fGFEzj. With millions of people relying on the Affordable Care Act for coverage, it remains, as ever, a BFD. And it’s here to stay. https://t.co/5GPl9aR8uB 7.09pm BST Joe Biden has released a statement celebrating the supreme court’s decision to dismiss a challenge brought against the Affordable Care Act. “The Affordable Care Act remains the law of the land,” the president said. Today’s Supreme Court ruling once again underscored the incredible strength of the ACA. A record 31 million people have enrolled in health care through the law – 1.2 million more signed up using the special enrollment period, open through 8/15. Sign up at https://t.co/Z1ZSzQNxNn. 6.52pm BST Barack Obama has tweeted in celebration of yet another upholding by the US supreme court of his signature legislative achievement, the Affordable Care Act, which even the former president also came to call Obamacare. The 44th Potus said of the decision this morning, with the 7-2 vote on the bench: “This ruling reaffirms what we have long known to be true: The Affordable Care Act is here to stay.” Today, the Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act. Again. This ruling reaffirms what we have long known to be true: the Affordable Care Act is here to stay. Now we need to build on the Affordable Care Act and continue to strengthen and expand it. That’s what @POTUS Biden has done through the American Rescue Plan, giving more families the peace of mind they deserve. 6.32pm BST The Senate minority leader, Mitch McConnell, has said he opposes a compromise version of voting rights legislation offered by Joe Manchin, the West Virginia Democrat who has infuriated the left of his party with his obdurate opposition to full reform. Related: Stumbling block: how West Virginia politics explains Joe Manchin 6.11pm BST The US is one of the only developed nations without universal health coverage. The supreme court’s decision on Obamacare prevented Republicans from upending health insurance and consumer protections for hundreds of millions of Americans, but still leaves roughly 29 million people uninsured and subject to the whims of the world’s most expensive healthcare system. Conservatives largely avoided commenting on the ACA victory except to note Justice Amy Coney Barrett, considered part of the court’s conservative wing, voted to uphold the law. In her confirmation hearing, Democrats had argued she would overturn the ACA given the chance. 5.53pm BST The supreme court upheld the Affordable Care Act, better k

Obama says ACA ‘is here to stay’ after supreme court
dismisses Republican challenge – live
‘It is time to move forward,’ Biden says after supreme court decision Supreme court votes 7-2, preserving healthcare for millions House votes to repeal measure that gave Bush authority to invade Iraq Congress approves Juneteenth as a federal holiday New York grand jury stores up trouble for Trump Organization executives 8.21pm BST Donald Trump has told Fox News he “didn’t win” the 2020 presidential election, and wishes Joe Biden well. The former president made the admission seven months after the election was called for his rival and five months after Biden’s inauguration, during a rambling phone interview with Fox show host Sean Hannity on Wednesday night. Related: Trump tells Fox News he ‘didn’t win’ election but doesn’t drop fraud lie 8.03pm BST Health and human services secretary Xavier Becerra described the supreme court’s decision on the Affordable Care Act as “a great victory”. “It’s the law of the land,” Becerra told MSNBC. “Thank God that, by a decision 7-2 number, we have common sense prevailing in the supreme court.” HHS @SecBecerra reacts to Obamacare ruling: "It's a great victory, it's the law of the land." pic.twitter.com/eVTa82Br5P 7.42pm BST Michael Wolff’s third book about Donald Trump, focusing on the final days of his presidency, will be published in July under a provocative title: Landslide. Trump lost to Joe Biden by more than 7m ballots in the popular vote and by 306-232 in the electoral college – a result he called a landslide when it was in his favour against Hillary Clinton in 2016. Thanks @MichaelWolff for recycling the title of my first best-seller (with fabulous Doyle McManus) Landslide: The Unmaking of the President, 1984-1988. The original revealed secrets inside Reagan's White House: https://t.co/ftffVQUruB via @amazon Related: Michael Wolff to publish third exposé of Trump, covering last days in office 7.25pm BST Joe Biden had a somewhat cheekier response on Twitter to the supreme court’s decision to dismiss the Obamacare challenge. “A big win for the American people,” the president said in a tweet. He also encouraged Americans to sign up for a health insurance plan through the Affordable Care Act portal. A big win for the American people. There’s no better day than today to sign up for quality, affordable health care at https://t.co/gRX1fGFEzj. With millions of people relying on the Affordable Care Act for coverage, it remains, as ever, a BFD. And it’s here to stay. https://t.co/5GPl9aR8uB 7.09pm BST Joe Biden has released a statement celebrating the supreme court’s decision to dismiss a challenge brought against the Affordable Care Act. “The Affordable Care Act remains the law of the land,” the president said. Today’s Supreme Court ruling once again underscored the incredible strength of the ACA. A record 31 million people have enrolled in health care through the law – 1.2 million more signed up using the special enrollment period, open through 8/15. Sign up at https://t.co/Z1ZSzQNxNn. 6.52pm BST Barack Obama has tweeted in celebration of yet another upholding by the US supreme court of his signature legislative achievement, the Affordable Care Act, which even the former president also came to call Obamacare. The 44th Potus said of the decision this morning, with the 7-2 vote on the bench: “This ruling reaffirms what we have long known to be true: The Affordable Care Act is here to stay.” Today, the Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act. Again. This ruling reaffirms what we have long known to be true: the Affordable Care Act is here to stay. Now we need to build on the Affordable Care Act and continue to strengthen and expand it. That’s what @POTUS Biden has done through the American Rescue Plan, giving more families the peace of mind they deserve. 6.32pm BST The Senate minority leader, Mitch McConnell, has said he opposes a compromise version of voting rights legislation offered by Joe Manchin, the West Virginia Democrat who has infuriated the left of his party with his obdurate opposition to full reform. Related: Stumbling block: how West Virginia politics explains Joe Manchin 6.11pm BST The US is one of the only developed nations without universal health coverage. The supreme court’s decision on Obamacare prevented Republicans from upending health insurance and consumer protections for hundreds of millions of Americans, but still leaves roughly 29 million people uninsured and subject to the whims of the world’s most expensive healthcare system. Conservatives largely avoided commenting on the ACA victory except to note Justice Amy Coney Barrett, considered part of the court’s conservative wing, voted to uphold the law. In her confirmation hearing, Democrats had argued she would overturn the ACA given the chance. 5.53pm BST The supreme court upheld the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, in a 7-2 decision that ended with the justices agreeing Republican states did not have the right, or “standing”, to sue. Supporters of Obamacare, from health plans to advocacy groups to Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, quickly heralded the court’s decision, calling the law a “lifeline” in a “devastating” pandemic. VICTORY! Today the Supreme Court reaffirmed what we've been saying for more than a decade: The ACA is here to stay. https://t.co/UXX5IWQK4n 5.30pm BST Here’s where the day stands so far: 5.14pm BST Congressional Democrats had hoped that Republicans would be more willing to repeal the 2002 AUMF now that Joe Biden, not Donald Trump, is in the White House. Democrats thought Republicans would be more amenable to the idea of curtailing presidential military power when a Democrat was sitting in the White House. Amendment to repeal the 2002 authorization for military force in Iraq as part of the annual defense authorization bill in 2019: 14 Republican votes Bill to repeal the 2002 AUMF in January 2020: 11 Republican votes Bill to repeal the 2002 AUMF in June 2021: 49 Republican votes https://t.co/q5Aa38Ft5u 4.57pm BST Progressive congresswoman Barbara Lee, who has fought to repeal the 2002 AUMF for 19 years, celebrated the bill’s House passage today. “After nearly 20 years of fighting for this, we’re finally one step closer to ending forever wars,” Lee said on Twitter. BREAKING: My bill to repeal the 2002 Iraq AUMF passed the House. After nearly 20 years of fighting for this, we’re finally one step closer to ending forever wars. Rep. Barbara Lee is all smiles as she walks out of House chamber, carrying a list of nearly 50 House Rs who voted to repeal the 02 AUMF. Lee had been the lone crusader on this for decades. Calls it a "humbling moment" and is turning her attention to getting it through Senate. 4.52pm BST The House has voted to repeal the 2002 Authorization for Use of Military Force, which gave George W Bush the power to invade Iraq in 2003. The final vote was 268 to 161, with 49 Republicans supporting the repeal. All but one Democrat, Elaine Luria of Virginia, voted for the repeal as well. The House passed H.R. 256 - To repeal the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002 (Sponsored by @RepBarbaraLee / Foreign Affairs Committee) by a vote of 268-161. 4.36pm BST In some non-supreme court news, the US Office of Personnel Management has just confirmed that federal employees will get tomorrow off to observe Juneteenth, which commemorates the end of slavery in America. “Today @POTUS will sign the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act, establishing June 19th as a federal holiday. As the 19th falls on a Saturday, most federal employees will observe the holiday tomorrow, June 18th,” OPM said on Twitter. Today @POTUS will sign the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act, establishing June 19th as a federal holiday. As the 19th falls on a Saturday, most federal employees will observe the holiday tomorrow, June 18th. Related: US poised to make Juneteenth a federal holiday 4.19pm BST The US supreme court has upheld the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, after Republicans attempted to gut an important provision of the law during the Trump era. In a 7-2 decision, the court ruled Republican states ultimately did not have “standing” or the right to sue. The ruling avoided the issue of whether the tax provision of the law called the “individual mandate”, and therefore the entire law, was unconstitutional. Related: US supreme court upholds Obamacare after Republicans seek to gut law 3.59pm BST Senate majority leader Chuck Schumer also celebrated the supreme court’s ruling to dismiss a challenge to the Affordable Care Act. “Let me say definitively: the Affordable Care Act has won,” the Democratic leader said in a Senate floor speech moments ago. Sen. Chuck Schumer: "The Affordable Care Act has won. The supreme court has just ruled the ACA is here to stay. And now we're going to try and make it bigger and better." https://t.co/UWlFRkE5YR pic.twitter.com/gatM4V5Dp2 3.43pm BST The supreme court has also ruled in favor of Catholic Social Services in its case against the city of Philadelphia over the charity’s policy excluding gay parents from fostering children. CSS sued the city after the charity was excluded from the Philadelphia foster-care program because of its policy against gay parents. BREAKING: The court rules in favor of a Catholic social services organization that sued Philadelphia after the city excluded it from a foster-care program due to the organization's refusal to certify same-sex couples as foster parents. https://t.co/OW0Qs6H3Lc 3.30pm BST House speaker Nancy Pelosi celebrated the supreme court’s ruling, describing the Affordable Care Act as “a pillar of American health and economic security”. “Thanks to the tireless advocacy of Americans across the country and the work of Democrats in Congress, the Affordable Care Act endures as a pillar of American health and economic security alongside Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security,” the Democratic speaker said on Twitter. Thanks to the tireless advocacy of Americans across the country and the work of Democrats in Congress, the Affordable Care Act endures as a pillar of American health and economic security alongside Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. 3.23pm BST Two of the three supreme court justices nominated by Donald Trump, Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett, sided with the majority to uphold the Affordable Care Act. The third justice nominated by Trump, Neil Gorsuch, joined Samuel Alito in dissenting to the majority opinion. 3.17pm BST Joe Biden’s chief of staff, Ron Klain, reacted to the supreme court’s ruling on Twitter, saying, “It’s still a BFD.” It's still a BFD. 3.12pm BST The court found that the Republican-led states who challenged the Affordable Care Act did not have standing to bring their case. “Plaintiffs do not have standing to challenge §5000A(a)’s minimum essential coverage provision because they have not shown a past or future injury fairly traceable to defendants’ conduct enforcing the specific statutory provision they attack as unconstitutional,” the decision says. 3.06pm BST The supreme court has dismissed a challenge to the Affordable Care Act, preserving healthcare coverage for millions of Americans. The decision was 7-2, with Justice Stephen Breyer writing the majority opinion. Justices Samuel Alito and Neil Gorsuch dissented. 3.03pm BST House speaker Nancy Pelosi and the Congressional Black Caucus celebrated the passage of the Juneteenth bill on Capitol Hill this afternoon. Members of the CBC sang the African-American national anthem, “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” after Pelosi formally signed the bill to send it to Joe Biden’s desk. Congressional Black Caucus members sing the Black national anthem, “Lift Every Voice and Sing” after the signing of the bill in the House to make Juneteenth a federal holiday.pic.twitter.com/TBuPZ4ddRG 2.47pm BST Millions of Americans are in a “race against the clock” to receive rental assistance before the end of the month, when a federal eviction moratorium designed to help people cope during the coronavirus pandemic expires. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) eviction moratorium ends on 30 June, and some states will still have local renter protections in place. But in the vast majority of states, rental assistance – an essential lifeline for millions – could arrive too late, according to housing advocates. Related: Millions in US ‘race against the clock’ to pay the rent and stave off eviction 2.31pm BST Here are the 14 House Republicans who voted against the Juneteenth bill: 2.19pm BST Joe Biden will sign the Juneteenth bill into law at the White House this afternoon, and he and Kamala Harris will deliver remarks about the historic legislation. Once Biden signs the bill, Juneteenth will officially become the 12th federal holiday in the US, marking the first time a new federal holiday has been created since Martin Luther King Jr Day was first recognized in 1983. 2.09pm BST Greetings from Washington, live blog readers. Congress voted yesterday to make Juneteenth, which commemorates the end of slavery in America, a federal holiday. Related: US poised to make Juneteenth a federal holiday