Supreme Court Saved Obama Care Once Again
On Thursday The U.S. Supreme Court gave Obama administration an important victory on health care, ruling 6 to3 that nationwide subsidies called for in the Affordable Care Act are legal.
The Obama Care subsidies have been providing affordable health care for almost 6 million Americans.
Chief Justice John Roberts said, “Congress passed the Affordable Care Act to improve health insurance markets, not to destroy them, petitioners arguments about the plain meaning are strong.”
Thursday’s court decision put the stop on an economic tsunami that could have sunk our entire health care system.
In a 6 to 3 ruling by Chief Justice Roberts, the Court held that subsidies are available on the federal exchanges. Majority the 6 votes were Kagan, Roberts, Kennedy, Ginsburg, Sotomayor, and Breyer.
President Obama said, “Five years ago, after nearly a century of talk, decades of trying, a year of bipartisan debate, we finally declared that in America, health care is not a privilege for a few but a right for all, the Affordable Care Act is here to stay”
Chief Justice John Roberts said, “Congress passed the Affordable Care Act to improve health insurance markets, not to destroy them, if at all possible, we must interpret the Act in a way that is consistent with the former, and avoids the latter.”Roberts wrote in the majority opinion. Anthony Kennedy joined by the court’s liberal justices, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan, as well as Roberts.
In 2012’s closely divided decision, Chief Justice Roberts also wrote the controlling opinion, but that time no other justice joined it in full.
On Thursday in dissent, Justice Antonin Scalia called the majority’s reasoning “quite absurd” and “interpretive jiggery-pokery.”
He announced his dissent from the bench, a sign of bitter disagreement. His summary was laced with notes of incredulity and sarcasm; sometimes drawing amused murmurs in the courtroom as he described the “interpretive somersaults”. He said the majority had performed to reach the decision.
“We really should start calling this law Scotus-care,” Justice Scalia said, from the audience.
On Thursday morning President Obama said, “After multiple challenges to this law before the Supreme Court, the Affordable Care Act is here to stay, what we’re not going to do is unravel what has now been woven into the fabric of America.”