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US Supreme Court upholds Obamacare for third time

DW, 18 Jun 2021
The US Supreme Court has dismissed yet again a Republican-led attempt to overturn the national health law known as Obamacare. The decision means that affordable health insurance for tens-of-millions of Americans will remain intact.
The justices ruled seven-to-two that the 18 states mounting the challenge did not have legal standing in the case. Republicans have made numerous unsuccessful attempts to strike down the law. It was passed by the Obama administration in 2010 to address large gaps in health care coverage for Americans.
Since the moment former US President Barack Obama announced the passage of the Affordable Care Act, often referred to as Obamacare, American Republicans have vowed to repeal it.
This is the third major attack on the health care law taken to the Supreme Court, and it ended the way the first two did: with a majority of justices rejecting the case made for scrapping the law.
With former President Donald Trump’s support, 18 Republican-led states sued over the law. Conservatives have always said it is too expensive. And have argued that government should stay out of health insurance choices.
This time they argued that charging a mandatory penalty for those without private or public insurance made the entire law unconstitutional. The court disagreed, as Congress removed financial penalties for the uninsured in 2017.
But the ruling doesn't mean the healthcare law is safe from future lawsuits.
Democrats are praising the decision. With the ruling, protections for people with pre-existing conditions will continue and lower-income people will keep their access to medical care.
The US has the highest healthcare costs in the world. According to the Biden Administration, 31-million people have health insurance because of the law.


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