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article imageSupreme Court rules on King v. Burwell in favor of Obamacare

By Caroline Leopold     Jun 25, 2015 in Politics
The Supreme Court of the U.S. ruled six-to-three in favor of upholding Obamacare in the King v. Burwell case. Today's ruling means federal healthcare subsidies are upheld for more than 6 million Americans.
The Supreme Court's decision to uphold Obamacare in King v. Burrell, which was one of the most serious challenges to the healthcare law in recent years. Had the decision been reversed, more than 6.4 million Americans in 34 states would have lost health insurance, effective immediately. Then, the entire Affordable Care Act may have unraveled.
Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr. wrote the opinion for the majority, which concluded "credits are necessary for the Federal Exchanges to function like their State Exchange counterparts, and to avoid the type of calamitous result that Congress plainly meant to avoid."
Justice Antonin Scalia wrote a vociferous dissenting opinion, joined by Justices Thomas and Alito. Scalia called the Court majority interpretation of the exchanges to be "absurd." He wrote, "We should call this new law SCOTUScare."
A transcript and analysis of the Supreme Court's opinion is on the SCOTUS blog.
President Barack Obama made a statement at the White House on Thursday saying, "After multiple challenges to this law have been made to the Supreme Court, the Affordable Care Act is here to stay."
Republican presidential candidates have been quoted in the press expressing their disappointment with the Court ruling. Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla), who had signed an amicus brief with Senator Ted Cruz (R-Tex), had commented that the Supreme Court "blew it." However, a MSNBC report notes that many Republicans on the presidential campaign trail, including Marco Rubio
The Supreme Court case may have long-term implications for the embattled Affordable Care Act. An analyst writing for The Washington Post noted that the way the Supreme Court wrote the opinion ruling may bar future efforts of a Republican White House in repealing the subsidies.
Americans Without Health Insurance in 2014 | HealthGrove
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