Today, in a 6-3 ruling, the Supreme Court ruled to uphold the federal subsidies for ObamaCare, or the Affordable Care Act nationwide. This is the second major court victory for President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law. The court ruled that subsidies are valid even in states that did not set up their own insurance exchanges.
When the ruling was announced, Obama trumpeted his victory from the Rose Garden, saying “The Affordable Care Act is here to stay.”
In 2012 the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that the Affordable Care Act was Constitutional. This time around, Justice Anthony Kennedy, a dissenter in 2012, sided with the majority, stating “Congress passed the Affordable Care Act to improve health insurance markets, not to destroy them.”
The ruling ensures that the subsidies that 8.7 million people currently receive do not depend on where they live.