The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that Obamacare (the Affordable Care Act) remains valid, rejecting a claim by a group of conservative states that a recent change in the law made it unconstitutional.
Two of Trump’s three appointees, Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett, joined the majority opinion, while the third, Neil Gorsuch, dissented. This has been known as “Latest Supreme Court Challenge”. Attempts in Congress to repeal it failed, as did two earlier Supreme Court challenges, in 2012 and 2015. President Joe Biden praised the ruling as a major victory and vowed to expand Obamacare.
The decision preserves health insurance subsidies for more than 20 million Americans and protections for tens of millions more whose preexisting medical conditions could otherwise prevent them from obtaining coverage. Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. called, in dissent, “the third installment in our epic Affordable Care Act trilogy,” the Supreme Court again sustained the law. Its future now seems secure and its potency as a political issue for Republicans reduced.
The margin of victory was wider than in the earlier cases, with six members of the court joining Justice Stephen G. Breyer’s modest and technical majority opinion, one that said only that the 18 Republican-led states and two individuals who brought the case had not suffered the sort of direct injury that gave them standing to sue. Former President Obama said the Supreme Court’s ruling makes clear that the law will endure, and the principle of universal health-care coverage has been established. Attorney Gen. Xavier Becerra who led the defense, is now the secretary of Health and Human Services under President Biden and is in charge of administering the law.
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