The Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, survived yet another major Supreme Court challenge by a 7 to 2 vote; this was the third consecutive effort by the Republicans to kill the Americans’ most loved health care law.
The health care law which was passed by former President Barack Obama and defined his domestic legacy; has been under scrutiny by the republicans since it was authorized. They have repeatedly made attempts in Congress to repeal it but all went down the drain, as did the previous two supreme court challenges in 2012 and 2015.
The Affordable Care Act earned huge popularity and was infused into the federal health care system.
Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr again upheld the law for the third time calling it “the third installment in our epic Affordable Care Act trilogy”. Now the health care law’s future seems to be secure and its potential to be raised again as a political issue by the republicans has become discreet.
This time around, the gap between the victory widened as compared to the earlier two pleas in the court, as six members of the court joined Justice Stephen G. Breyer’s majority opinion – which stated that the 18 Republican governed states and two individuals who brought the case did not suffer any kind of injury to sue the law.
Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr and Justice Clarence Thomas were also part of the judiciary who had given the verdict in previous years. Justice Thomas gave remarks that “whatever the acts dubious history in this court is, we must assess the current suit on its terms and right now the fundamental problem with the arguments advanced by the plaintiffs in attacking the act – they have not identified any unlawful action that has injured them.”
After the verdict, former President Obama tweeted that “this ruling reaffirms what we have long known to be true: The Affordable Care Act is here to stay”
The Affordable Care Act was proposed by the Obama administration and it was commissioned as a law in March 2010 when he signed a bill converting it into legislation.
The Secretary of Health and Human Services, Xavier Becerra stated that this decision by the Supreme Court means that all Americans can continue to have a right of access to affordable care regardless of any sort of discrimination.
President Biden had hinted during his presidential election campaign of working and building the Affordable Care Act through improvised resolutions like health insurance subsidies or in special cases providing Medicare coverage to a larger number of deserving people.
President Joe Biden also took to Twitter to express his joy over the supreme court’s ruling stating that there are millions of people who rely on the health care law for their basic health coverage1 and this will remain forever, a BFD. He also stated that now he will be working upon legislation to expand access to health care.
Halting the Affordable Care Act would’ve meant almost 21 million people in America will become uninsured. That is about 70 percent. The low-income adults would have suffered the most; who recently became eligible for Medicaid after many states expanded the program to include them. Many Americans would have lost their insurances whereas many young adults would’ve lost monthly premiums on which their households depend.
Republicans expressed their dismay over the supreme court ruling and were very critical about the decision but they hinted at taking the battle to Congress once again. House Republicans – Representatives Kevin McCarthy, Elise Stefanik, and Steve Scalise criticized the decision of the supreme court and stated now they will make sure that Congress works together to improve healthcare in America.