Biden, Obama celebrate Affordable Care Act ruling as a "major victory"

39;Just stop- it's over': GOP brutally mocked after losing yet another Obamacare challenge

There is broad public support for its requirement that insurance companies cover pre-existing health conditions.

"The Affordable Care Act remains the law of the land", U.S. President Joe Biden, said, celebrating the ruling. Under President Obama, the law forced those who did not carry health insurance to pay a tax penalty.

The Supreme Court previously upheld Obamacare by deeming the financial penalty under the individual mandate a tax permissible under the US Constitution's language empowering Congress to levy taxes. While state leaders have cited the possibility of the federal government or the courts eliminating a program that 38 states participate in, the primary reason MS leaders said they do not want to expand Medicaid is because it will mean additional costs to the state. They argued that without the mandate, a pillar of the law when it was passed, the rest of the law should fall, too.

Republicans fiercely opposed Obamacare when it was proposed, failed to repeal it when they controlled both chambers of Congress and have been unsuccessful in getting courts to invalidate the law.

Noting the current Supreme Court's even more conservative makeup than during past challenges, Isasi added that the court's "strong opinion will nearly certainly foreclose other craven, ideological lawsuits". Kavanaugh and Barrett joined the majority.

In dissent, Justice Samuel Alito wrote that - quote - "The ACA imposes many burdensome obligations on states in their capacity as employers".

Alito criticized the majority, writing that "i$3 nstead of defending the constitutionality of the individual mandate, the Court simply ducks the issue and holds that none of the Act's challengers, including the 18 States that think the Act saddles them with huge financial costs, is entitled to sue".

Thomas ended his concurrence with a critical word for the majority with which he agreed: "Although this Court has erred twice before in cases involving the Affordable Care Act, it does not err today".

The court ruled 7-2 that the red states don't have standing to challenge the law's individual mandate. Lower courts had struck down the mandate, in rulings that were wiped away by the Supreme Court decision. The case, California v. Texas, was the third challenge of the Affordable Care Act that the Supreme Court has heard.


President Biden has pledged to expand the Affordable Care Act, which was first enacted during the Obama administration in 2010.

"Today's ruling reminds us that Congress needs to return to health reform", Kay C. James, the foundation's president, said in a press release.

"Democrats are in charge and they have made reinvigorating and building on the ACA a key priority", Levitt said. Hence, they believe the Act as a whole is invalid. Health-care costs need to be restrained before they gobble up ever-increasing portions of national income.

The majority opinion was written by Justice Stephen Breyer.

Polling data has shown that Obamacare has become increasing popular among Americans, including Republicans. The ACA drastically slashed the uninsured rate in the United States, a trend that began to reverse when President Donald Trump did what he could to pick apart the law by executive order. Those ratings flipped, and by February of this year 54% had a favorable view, while disapproval had fallen to 39% in the same ongoing poll. With the federal government picking up so much of the Medicaid expansion tab, only pig-headed intransigence explains the holdout states' continuing refusal. About 1.2 million people have signed up with HealthCare.gov since Biden reopened enrollment amid high levels of COVID cases earlier this year.

Anyone under the age of 26 who can remain on their parent's health insurance plan.

Obamacare has survived two previous Supreme Court challenges - in 2012 and 2015 - and has grown in popularity among Americans over the years after a rocky start.

Because of the ACA, most privately insured women receive birth control free of charge. Mr Biden also encouraged more Americans to use Obamacare to obtain coverage.

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