On a 7-2 ruling, the Affordable Care Act was upheld for the third time by the Supreme Court. 18 states were challenging the constitutionality of the Act saying that the 2017 change to the law to take away the penalty for not having health insurance made it unconstitutional. However, the court said the challengers did not have legal standing to sue because they did not make a strong enough showing that the law harmed them. Justice Stephen Breyer wrote this for the majority opinion:
“We conclude that the plaintiffs in this suit failed to show a concrete, particularized injury fairly traceable to the defendants’ conduct in enforcing the specific statutory provision they attack as unconstitutional. They have failed to show that they have standing to attack as unconstitutional the Act’s minimum essential coverage provision. Therefore, we reverse the Fifth Circuit’s judgment in respect to standing, vacate the judgment, and remand the case with instructions to dismiss.”
ACA Here to Stay
This ruling leaves in place the provisions of the law enacted by Congress in 2010. This result would appear to show that Obamacare is here to stay for the foreseeable future. However, some experts believe there could be smaller challenges to certain dimensions of the law in the future.
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