Supreme Court Tosses Out GOP Challenge To Obamacare

Supreme Court Tosses Out GOP Challenge To Obamacare

The United States Supreme Court has tossed out a Republican led challenge to Obamacare. The Justices, by a 7-2 vote, decided to leave the entire healthcare law intact, stating that Texas, along with other GOP-led states and several individuals did not have a right to bring the lawsuit to federal court.

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via Newsmax:

The law’s major provisions include protections for people with pre-existing health conditions, a range of no-cost preventive services and the expansion of the Medicaid program that insures lower-income people, including those who work in jobs that don’t pay much or provide health insurance.

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Also left in place is the law’s now-toothless requirement that people have health insurance or pay a penalty. Congress rendered that provision irrelevant in 2017 when it reduced the penalty to zero.

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The elimination of the penalty had become the hook that Texas and other Republican-led states, as well as the Trump administration, used to attack the entire law. They argued that without the mandate, a pillar of the law when it was passed in 2010, the rest of the law should fall, too.

Lots of folks thought that with the SCOTUS being far more conservative now that three Trump appointees were on the bench, there would be hope of seeing Obamacare completely tossed in the garbage, which is a law the Republicans have been fighting for a decade.

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Unfortunately, that’s not the case, which is more than a little disappointing.

Trump’s three appointees to the Supreme Court — Justices Amy Coney Barrett, Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh — split their votes. Kavanaugh and Barrett joined the majority. Gorsuch was in dissent, signing on to an opinion from Justice Samuel Alito.