Case Status: Loss
King v. Burwell; Halbig v. Burwell
- Congressional Authority
Supreme Court Saves Obamacare…Again
In a 6-3 decision, the Supreme Court today upheld Obamacare against a challenge to the constitutionality of the IRS’s aggressive re-writing of key terms in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, sometimes known as “Obamacare.” Chief Justice Roberts and Justice Kennedy joined the liberal block in voting to uphold the IRS interpretation. In the majority opinion, Roberts wrote that Congress passed Obamacare to “improve health insurance markets, not destroy them.” Justices Scalia, Thomas, and Alito dissented from the ruling. Justice Scalia wrote in dissent, “we should start calling this law SCOTUScare,” referring the fact the majority has stepped in twice to save the law, this time looking past clear language that limited subsidies to states that had created state healthcare exchanges.