This week the U.S. Supreme Court in a 6-3 decision voted to uphold tax credits for eligible Americans who are receiving subsidies through the federal exchanges under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Chief Justice Roberts issued the opinion that in essence saved President Obama’s signature health care law.
At issue was whether individuals enrolled in the 34 states that use the federal exchange could receive subsidies for their insurance, just as the individuals enrolled through state health exchanges. Plaintiffs in the case argued that the four words in the ACA, “established by the state” prevented people on the federal exchange from receiving this benefit. By upholding the federal subsidy over 6 million Americans, including 200,000 Missourians, receiving federal subsidies will be able to keep their health insurance.
In issuing the majority opinion, Chief Justice Roberts wrote, “Congress passed the Affordable Care Act to improve health insurance markets, not to destroy them. If at all possible, we must interpret the Act in a way that is consistent with the former, and avoids the latter.”
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