The US Supreme Court rejected the Republican Party’s latest challenge to the Affordable Care Act and retained Barack Obama’s flagship healthcare reform to win a major victory for the Democratic Party.
In its 7-2 opinion issued on Thursday, the nine-member court denied an attempt to invalidate the broad Affordable Care Act, which provided health insurance to tens of millions of previously uninsured Americans.
Stephen Breyer wrote the majority opinion. Two other liberals Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan and four conservatives joined the majority opinion: Chief Justice John Roberts, Clarence Thomas, Bree Tecavano and Amy Connie Barrett. Samuel Alito disagrees, and fellow conservative Neil Gorsuch also joined the opposition.
Thursday’s decision marks the third time the U.S. Supreme Court has rejected the ACA challenge following the 2012 and 2015 rulings. The latest case was brought by 18 states led by Texas and two individuals.Donald Trump White house An amicus curiae summary has been submitted to support the plaintiff.
The plaintiff’s goal was the controversial “personal authorization,” which initially required all Americans to have health insurance or pay financial penalties.
In its 2012 Decide The Supreme Court supports the ACA and believes that the penalty for not having insurance can be characterized as a tax, making it a constitutional use of the power of Congress.
However, Congress later reduced the penalty to zero. The plaintiff led by Texas filed a lawsuit, arguing that the authorization is no longer constitutional and the entire law should be repealed.
But most people believe that the plaintiffs did not suffer any harm that would justify them to sue.
Breyer wrote: “To qualify for litigation, the plaintiff must’claim that the personal injury can be fairly traced back to the defendant’s alleged illegal conduct and is likely to be corrected by the required relief.'” It can be traced back to the “suspected illegal act” questioned here.”
California’s decision on Texas was one of the first high-profile rulings since Barrett joined the bench in October last year. It broke the balance of the U.S. Supreme Court with a score of 6-3, which is conducive to the appointment of the Republican president. Of jurists.
In recent weeks, some progressives have called on Breyer, the 82-year-old oldest judge, to retire so that Democratic President Joe Biden can nominate a liberal replacement while his party controls Congress. Supreme Court justices are nominated by the president for life appointment, but their nominations must be confirmed by a simple majority in the Senate.
However, Thursday’s ruling emphasized that judges do not always rule ideologically. Only two jurists appointed by the Republican Party, Alito and Gorsuch, opposed this decision.
“Today’s decision is the third part of our epic Affordable Care Act trilogy, which follows the same pattern as the first and second parts,” Alito wrote in his objection. “In all three episodes, because the Affordable Care Act is facing serious threats, the court has completed an impossible rescue.”
ACA, commonly referred to as “Obamacare”, was signed into law in 2010. The bill has caused disagreements in public opinion, but in recent years it has become increasingly popular among American voters. Since its passage, it has withstood several legal challenges and Republican-led efforts to repeal the law in Congress.
“After more than a decade of attacks on the Affordable Care Act by Congress and the courts, today’s decision is the third biggest challenge to the law in the United States. The Supreme Court rejected it—it’s time to move forward and continue to have The foundation of the landmark law continues to develop,” Biden said in a statement after the decision.
House Democratic Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday’s ruling was “a milestone victory for the Democrats to defend the protection of people with pre-existing diseases and oppose the Republican Party’s continuous efforts to dismantle their work”.
Her comments were echoed by Chuck Schumer, the top Democrat in the Senate, who vowed to build on existing legislation. Democrats are calling for the expansion of Medicaid — public health insurance for low-income Americans — and other health care reforms.
“Let me be clear: The Affordable Care Act has won, and the Supreme Court has ruled that ACA will continue to exist,” Schumer said.
White House Chief of Staff Ron Klein wrote on Twitter: “This is still a BFD”, which obviously refers to a moment in 2010 when then Vice President Biden whispered to Obama when the ACA was signed into law. Say: “This is a fucking big deal.”