In a 6-3 ruling, the Supreme Court just ruled to maintain the current status quo and keep millions of people on the government dole, to receive Obamacare subsidies. The majority was led by none other than Justice, John Roberts.
The Supreme Court upheld Obamacare’s insurance subsidies as legal in a 6-3 ruling Thursday morning.
“Congress passed the Affordable Care Act to improve health insurance markets, not to destroy them,” Chief Justice John Roberts wrote in the court’s opinion.
The decision means that the Affordable Care Act stands unchanged and that the government can continue subsidizing coverage for millions of Americans.
Why is this a big deal to those who favor Repeal And Replace?
Vox.com: In King v. Burwell, health-law challengers argued that the federal exchange, Healthcare.gov, doesn’t have the legal authority to distribute Obamacare tax credits that help low and middle-income Americans purchase coverage. Since most states rely on Healthcare.gov as their Obamacare marketplace, a decision in favor of the challengers would have a sweeping impact.
Had the Supremes ruled the other way, Obamacare would have effectively imploded. Not so much, anymore. It lives on.
CNBC says the subsidies are crucial for the survival of Obamacare.
The subsidies are a crucial component of the Affordable Care Act. They are available to people with low and moderate household incomes—between one and four times the federal poverty level.
Of the current 10.2 million Obamacare enrollees in the U.S., 85 percent of them, or 8.7 million customers, receive tax credits to help reduce their monthly premium payments. The average subsidy for people who qualified for subsidies was $272 per month.
About 6.4 million HealthCare.gov customers were subsidized, and now retain that financial aid because of Thursday’s ruling.
Clearly, Roberts is the ring leader in protecting socialized medicine.
AP: “Congress passed the Affordable Care Act to improve health insurance markets, not to destroy them,” Roberts wrote in the majority opinion.
In a dissent he summarized from the bench, Justice Antonin Scalia said, “We should start calling this law SCOTUScare.” Using the acronym for the Supreme Court, Scalia said his colleagues have twice stepped in to save the law from what Scalia considered worthy challenges.
Justices Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas joined the dissent, as they did in 2012.
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