The US Supreme Court sent a clear message to Republicans in Congress this morning: Obamacare is here to stay.
Chief Justice John Roberts joined 5 other traditionally more liberal justices in upholding provisions that provide subsidies for low and middle-income Americans who seek health insurance through state-based exchanges.
“Congress passed the Affordable Care Act to improve health insurance markets, not to destroy them,” Chief Justice Roberts said in the majority opinion. He was joined by Justices Kennedy, Ginsburg, Breyer, Sotomayor, and Kagan.
Today’s decision the Supreme Court has dealt a major blow to Republican efforts to invalidate the president’s signature domestic policy achievement, to date. The Hill reports that Republicans have voted almost 60 times since the law passed to repeal all or parts of the law. It remains in effect.
Almost 90% of Americans now have access to health insurance, CNN reports.
Republican opponents had sought to invalidate those subsidies, essentially making health insurance unattainable for poor and working-class Americans in the dozens of states with state-based insurance exchanges. After initially beginning to set up a state-based exchange, New Mexico abandoned its plans to do so earlier this year. The state relies on Healthcare.gov to provide New Mexicans with plan options.
ProgressNowNM’s Pat Davis:
“This morning the US Supreme Court upheld a key provision of the Affordable Care Act. Again.”
“This time the message from the court was loud and clear and seems directed directly at Republican opponents who have voted almost 60 times to repeal all or parts of the President’s largest domestic policy achievement to date. By writing that, ‘Congress passed the Affordable Care Act to improve health insurance markets, not to destroy them,’ Chief Justice Roberts is sending a clear message that the ACA is here to stay.”
“Almost 60 times, Republicans have voted to make health care unaffordable again for millions of Americans who finally received health security through state-based exchanges. Now every American has the assurance that he or she can access health care when they need it, without fear of breaking the bank. Hopefully we can put this partisan divide behind us and unite around programs, like the ACA, that provide more opportunity for working families, not increase income inequality in our country.”
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