Supreme Court Upholds Obamacare

by Jan Frazier

Washington, D.C. D.C. (Washington Insider Magazine) –  On Thursday, some of the Republican states attempted to throw out “the law that provides insurance coverage for millions of Americans.” The Supreme Court dismissed it.

By a 7-2 vote, the justices of the Supreme Court and several GOP-led states along with two individuals “had no standing to bring their lawsuit in federal court.” The Democrats help the vote.

Because of Obamacare, 31 million Americans have their own health care insurance. Major provisions of the law include “protections for people with pre-existing health conditions, a range of no-cost preventive services and the expansion of the Medicaid program that insures lower-income people.” This includes employment opportunities that pay very little and those that do not provide health care benefits at all.

Originally, according to the Obamacare law, everyone needed to have health insurance or pay a penalty. Congress “rendered that provision irrelevant in 2017 when it reduced the penalty to zero.”

The Republican-led states as well as the Trump administration were adamant to attack the entire Obamacare law. If one part of the law were said to be irrelevant, then the entire law should fall.

The current Supreme Court is more conservative, plus it includes three Trump appointees. They had hoped to “kill off the law.” They have been fighting it for ten years.

However, the major attack on the Obamacare law in the Supreme Court ended with a “majority of the court rebuffing efforts to gut the law or get rid of it altogether.”

According to Justice Stephen Breyer of the Supreme Justice, he stated that “the states and people who filed a federal lawsuit have failed to show that they have standing to attack as unconstitutional the act’s minimum essential coverage provision.”  Justice Samuel Alito said that “with the Affordable Care Act facing a serious threat, the Court has pulled off an improbable rescue.” Alito was one of the dissenters.

Larry Levitt, an executive vice president for the non-profit Kaiser Family Foundation, declared that “with the latest ruling, the ACA is here to stay for the foreseeable future.”


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