The US Supreme Court has rejected another attempt of a Republican-led challenge towards the Affordable Care Act.
The Affordable Care Act survives another constitutional challenge and preserves its protections for millions of people who are under the legislation.
The decision had finalized with a 7-2 score, and justices on the higher court argued that Donald Trump, Texas, and 19 other states in the case did not have enough standing to challenge the 2021 healthcare law in a successful way.
According to higher Justice Stephen Breyer, those who challenged the act did not have a legal right to challenge the “individual mandate provision of the law” which attaches a tax penalty for Americans who were unable to obtain health insurance.
Plaintiffs “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.”
The Affordable Care Act has lived under former president Barack Obama’s legacy, and now its future seems more secure than it was when it was challenged.
The Trump administration has followed nearly a decade of Republican challenges to the law, but there are many failed attempts to “repeal and replace” laws such as the Affordable Care Act.
The healthcare law had already survived two other Supreme Court challenges back in 2012 and 2015, effectively embedded in the nation’s healthcare system. It includes recent provisions in coronavirus relief legislation to gain funding for its health coverage.
Without the ACA intact as well as no plan to provide healthcare for those people that would be affected if the legislation did pass, the uninsured amount of people in the United States would grow by 20 million people. More than 15 million lower-income Americans benefit from these healthcare services.
Current president, President Joe Biden had been caught on a hot mic telling Mr Obama that the ACA was a “big f***ing deal” when he had signed it into law in 2010, pledging to expand and build on the law in the office. He even opened enrollment in February because of the public health crisis and economic fallout.