Biden, Obama celebrate Affordable Care Act ruling as a "major victory"

Biden, Obama celebrate Affordable Care Act ruling as a

Biden, Obama celebrate Affordable Care Act ruling as a "major victory"

The court said that GOP-controlled states challenging the law in the case lacked standing.

In dissent, Alito wrote, "Today's decision is the third installment in our epic Affordable Care Act trilogy, and it follows the same pattern as installments one and two".

They also found that the mandate was "clearly unconstitutional" and the rest of the law should also be struck down.

Filed by a coalition of states led by Texas, the case challenged the "individual mandate" provision, in which people without health insurance face a tax penalty.

Even though the justices did not rules on the central arguments made, this is the third time the Supreme Court has upheld the health care law against legal challenges.

The big Supreme Court rulings have finally arrived! But more than 20 million Americans now depend on it for their health insurance.

Polling data has shown that Obamacare has become increasing popular among Americans, including Republicans.

A group of Republican attorneys general then sued. Second, was the penalty-less individual mandate unconstitutional?

The law was the signature domestic policy achievement of Democratic former President Barack Obama, who Mr Biden served with as vice president.

"The Affordable Care Act remains the law of the land", U.S. President Joe Biden, said, celebrating the ruling. Biden served as vice president under Obama.

The court ruled 7-2 that the red states don't have standing to challenge the law's individual mandate.

"Unsurprisingly, the states have not demonstrated that an unenforceable mandate will cause their residents to enroll in valuable benefits programs that they would otherwise forgo", Justice Breyer wrote.

When the Trump administration abandoned defense of the ACA, California and other Democratic-controlled states intervened to defend the law.

On Thursday, Justices Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett - both appointed by former President Trump - joined the Chief Justice, as well as Justices Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan, Thomas, and Breyer, in upholding the ACA.

"It is a victory for more than 130 million Americans with pre-existing conditions and millions more who were in immediate danger of losing their health care in the midst of a once-in-a-century pandemic". Obamacare expanded the Medicaid state-federal healthcare program and created marketplaces for private insurance.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat, called the ruling a "victory for Democrats' work to defend protections for people with pre-existing conditions against Republicans' relentless efforts to dismantle them".

He campaigned on a pledge to expand the program by offering a government-provided alternative to private insurance that's known as a public option, a proposal he's called "Bidencare". He and other Democrats had criticized Republican efforts to strike down the law at a time when the US was grappling with a deadly coronavirus pandemic.

Despite the Supreme Court's 6-3 conservative majority, the Republican Obamacare challengers came away disappointed in a ruling in which all three liberal justices were joined by four of the six conservative justices.

Opposition to Obamacare seems to have receded as a political issue for Republicans as the party has emphasized other matters such as immigration, voting restrictions and hot-button cultural issues. The Supreme Court in 2012 and 2015 also fended off previous Republican challenges to Obamacare. A tax overhaul passed by Republicans and signed by Trump in 2017 eliminated the penalty for noncompliance, rendering the mandate moot.

Judge Reed O'Connor of the Northern District of Texas ruled on December 14, 2018, that the Obamacare law was unconstitutional in its entirety, but stayed enforcement during the appeals process. A year later a federal appeals court agreed that the insurance mandate was unconstitutional, but it ordered the trial court to reconsider whether other parts of the sprawling law could remain in place.

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