According to multiple news reports including the New York Times, the US Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that President Obama’s healthcare law allows the federal government to provide nationwide tax subsidies to help poor and middle-class people buy health insurance. The verdict of King v. Burwell was “a sweeping vindication that endorsed the larger purpose of Mr. Obama’s signature legislative achievement,” the Times says.
The court sided 6-to-3 in favor of the federal healthcare subsidies.
From the article:
The 6-to-3 ruling means that it is all but certain that the Affordable Care Act will survive after Mr. Obama leaves office in 2017, and has a greater chance of becoming an enduring part of America’s social safety net.
For the second time in three years, the law survived an encounter with the Supreme Court. But the court’s tone was different this time. The first decision, in 2012, was fractured and grudging, while Thursday’s ruling was more assertive.
“Congress passed the Affordable Care Act to improve health insurance markets, not to destroy them,” Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. wrote for a united six-justice majority. In 2012’s closely divided decision, Chief Justice Roberts also wrote the controlling opinion, but that time no other justice joined it in full.