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The Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act, also known as ObamaCare, in a 7-2 ruling on Thursday. The court preserved the law which provides healthcare to millions of Americans. Conservative justices Neil Gorsuch and Samuel Alito wrote the dissent for the ruling.
The Supreme Court shot down a lawsuit led by Texas and 17 other GOP states challenging the Affordable Care Act (ACA) by focusing on the ObamaCare tax penalty.
The Hill reports:
They argued that President Trump’s 2017 tax cut, which zeroed out the penalty, made that provision unconstitutional.
Without the tax penalty, they argued, ObamaCare effectively lost its constitutional footing, requiring its invalidation by the court.
“We do not reach these questions of the Act’s validity, however, for Texas and the other plaintiffs in this suit lack the standing necessary to raise them,” Justice Stephen Breyer wrote for the majority.
The lower courts had largely sided with the Republican states but agreed to delay enforcement of the ruling while appeals played out. ObamaCare’s defenders, comprising a coalition of 20 blue states and the Democratic-led House, appealed to the Supreme Court.