The head of California’s health exchange called today’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act "common sense." The court ruling supports tax subsidies that reduce monthly premiums for insurance purchased on the federal exchange.
Covered California Executive Director Peter Lee says California would not have been directly affected had the court ruled against subsidies. But he says the decision is still good for the state.
"There’s not uncertainty caused by a Supreme Court decision," Lee says. "Rather there’s the certainty of insurance being available and a backstop for every Californian that did not exist before the Affordable Care Act."
More than 1.8 million people have signed up for health insurance through Covered California since it opened in January 2014.