SCOTUS saves Obamacare: subsidies to purchase health insurance will continue

SCOTUS saves Obamacare: subsidies to purchase health insurance will continue

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On Thursday, in a 6-3 ruling the Supreme Court ruled that Americans who receive federal subsidies to purchase health insurance on exchanges will get to keep them. In writing for the majority, Chief Justice John Roberts said, “Congress passed the Affordable Care Act to improve health insurance markets, not to destroy them.” Had the subsidies gone away, most people who receive them would have had to go without insurance, which would put the health insurance markets in flux and cause premiums to rise.

This was the second time in three years that the Supreme Court has ruled on Obamacare. In June 2012, the Supreme Court, with Chief Justice Roberts in the majority, ruled that the Affordable Care Act was constitutional.

Today’s Supreme Court ruling means that the healthcare law will continue to be secure at least until President Obama leaves office. It would take an act of Congress and a president to sign said act to really undo the President’s signature policy accomplishment. And there’s another reality that people who try to undo Obamacare have to face: it’s very difficult to sell taking away benefits that people have already been receiving.

Photo credit: Obamacare on the steps of the Supreme Court by Will O’Neill, licensed under CC BY 2.0.

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