Supreme Court upholds ObamaCare law, dismissing challenge from red states

17 Juin, 2021, 21:51 | Auteur: Adelaide Bullion
  • Supreme Court upholds Affordable Care Act, keeping Obamacare in place

The US Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a Republican bid that had been backed by former President Donald Trump's administration to invalidate Obamacare, preserving the landmark healthcare law for the third time since its 2010 enactment.

The court said that GOP-controlled states challenging the law in the case lacked standing. The justices turned away a challenge from republican led states and the former Trump administration who urged the justices to block the entire law.

The justices did not decide broader legal questions raised in the case about whether a key Obamacare provision was unconstitutional and, if so, whether the rest of the statute should be struck down.

Thursday's 7-2 decision, written by Justice Stephen Breyer, found that none of the plaintiffs suffered any injury from zeroing out the penalty and thus they lacked legal standing to bring the lawsuit at all.

Conservative justices Samuel Alito and Neil Gorsuch, who was also appointed by Trump, were the dissenting voices.

As for Texas and the other states, Breyer said they "have failed to show that the challenged minimum essential coverage provision, without any prospect of penalty, will harm them by leading more individuals to enroll in these programs".

The ruling came in a lawsuit by Texas and 17 other Republican-governed states and later joined by Trump's administration.

A record 31 million Americans have health care coverage connected to Obamacare right now, as well as 54 million Americans with preexisting conditions, all of which is preserved by the court essentially enforcing the status quo in the middle of a pandemic.

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If Obamacare had been struck down, up to 20 million Americans stood to lose their medical insurance and insurers could have once again refused to cover people with pre-existing medical conditions. Biden served as vice president under Obama.

US Supreme Court dismissed challenge to Obamacare, leaving it in place.

"Thanks to the tireless advocacy of Americans across the country and the work of Democrats in Congress, the Affordable Care Act endures", said Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic speaker of the House of Representatives.

Biden has pledged to expand healthcare access and buttress Obamacare.

Today's ruling means the healthcare of millions will remain protected, saving the United States between $150 billion and $350 billion over the next decade. The Trump administration did take steps to hobble the law.

Obamacare has survived two previous Supreme Court challenges - in 2012 and 2015 - and has grown in popularity among Americans over the years after a rocky start.

The states had argued that the law's individual mandate was unconstitutional once it no longer carried a penalty because it had been justified as falling under the congressional power of taxation.

The impetus for the Supreme Court case was a 2018 ruling by a federal judge in Texas that Obamacare as structured following the 2017 change violated the Constitution and was invalid in its entirety.

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