SCOTUS Rules Against Challenge to Obamacare

The US Supreme Court (SCOTUS) has dismissed a challenge to the Obama era health care law (Obamacare) for the third time since the enactment of the law in 2010.

The case that challenged the law , California v. Texas, No. 19-840, was filed by Republican officials who said the mandate requiring health insurance coverage became unconstitutional in 2017.

The case  revolved around the change to the law made in the 2017 tax bill signed by former President Donald Trum which dropped the penalty for violating the individual mandate for forgoing insurance coverage to $0.

The court ruled 7-2, with Justice Stephen Breyer writing the majority ruling in the case.

“They have failed to show that they have standing to attack as unconstitutional the Act’s minimum essential coverage provision. Therefore, we reverse the Fifth Circuit’s judgment in respect to standing, vacate the judgment, and remand the case with instructions to dismiss,” wrote Breyer.

Only Justices Samuel Alito and Neil Gorsuch were the only members of the court who dissented against the rulling. 

The ruling of the SCOTUS protected access to health care for millions of Americans including more than 3.5 million people who signed up for insurance provided through Obamacare during a special enrollment period in 2021. 

There are currently 31 million Americans that have health care coverage connected to Obamacare along with 54 million Americans with preexisting conditions.


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