The Supreme Court handed President Barack Obama a victory on June 25! In a decision of 6-3, the court upheld Obamacare and ruled that people in states that don’t have health insurance marketplaces are still eligible for Federal subsidies!
Score one for Obamacare supporters! The Supreme Court issued a ruling on President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act. The nation’s highest court decided that citizens who didn’t sign up for medical coverage through state-run marketplaces can still receive subsidies! That means the insurance for more than 6 million affected Americans is safe and sound!
The court announced its decision of King v. Burwell on June 25. Justices Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito voted against the federal subsidies. However, Chief Justice John Roberts joined Anthony Kennedy, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan voting in favor of the US government directly helping citizens pay for medical insurance.
John Roberts wrote the Majority opinion on the case, reports the New York Post. The Chief Justice said that “Congress passed the Affordable Care Act to improve health insurance markets, not to destroy them.” However, Justice Scalia disagreed with him, angrily writing that people “should start calling this law SCOTUScare” in his dissenting opinion on the historic ruling.
President Obama issued a statement on the ruling, saying that in this country, healthcare should not be a privilege for few but for all Americans. “As the dust settles, there can be no doubt that this law is working,” the President said, adding that “after multiple challenges to the Supreme Court, the Affordable Care Act is here to stay.”
The lawsuit challenged a major element of the Affordable Care Act, reports Rolling Stone. It argued that only state-run insurance exchanges could receive subsidies. At the time of this story, there are only sixteen states that have their own ACA exchanges, or marketplaces, where someone can sign up for insurance. Often, a person gets a subsidy, or a tax credit, that makes their plan cheaper.
For those living in sates without a marketplace, they had to sign up through the Federal ACA marketplace — aka Healthcare.gov. The lawsuit argued that the ACA overstepped its bounds and that the Federal government can’t offer subsidies to people who didn’t sign up for insurance through the state.
The Supreme Court’s decision comes a year after the mothers of Jennifer Lopez, Alicia Keys, Jonah Hill and more celebs got together to deliver a cute and powerful PSA supporting people to sing up for Obamacare. Sharon, Guadalipe, and Patsy joined to encourage children everywhere to listen to their mother’s advice and get health insurance.
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— Jason Brow