In a surprise 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court has upheld the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, known otherwise as "Obamacare."
Chief Justice John Roberts, a conservative, cast the vote that divided the court.
President Barack Obama put politics aside in his remarks from the White House about the high Court's decision to uphold his health care reform.
"Whatever the politics, [the Court's] decision was a victory for people all over this country whose lives will be secure because of this law and the Supreme Court's decision to uphold it," said Obama.
The president added that the decision upholds the fundamental principle that in America — the wealthiest nation on earth — no one should fall into financial ruin because of an illness. He further stated that the decision means that people with pre-existing medical conditions will not be discriminated against and people will be able to afford quality health care.
Joann Bagnerise, a senior from Dumfries, Va., was one of the many supporters of President Obama's health care reform. She joined others as they stood in front of the U.S. Supreme Court last week where they rallied support for Obamacare.
Bagnerise beamed with joy after she heard the decision.
"We're a Winner," she said. "We're a winner."