The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday saved the 2010 healthcare reform, known as Obamacare, by ruling against a coalition of 17 conservative states led by Texas that argued that parts of the law were unconstitutional.
This is the third time the Supreme Court has ruled in favor of legislation promoted by the Obama administration.
Of the nine Supreme Court justices, seven ruled in favor of Obama’s law and two against it (Justices Samuel Alito and Neil Gorsuch).
The key issue, in this case, was the decision made in 2017 by the then Republican-controlled Congress to weaken one of the pillars of healthcare reform: the so-called “individual mandate” that required all Americans to purchase health insurance.
In 2017, Congress zeroed out the financial penalty that existed for those citizens who failed to do so.
And, in reaction, a coalition of 17 conservative states asked the Supreme Court to take another look at the legality of Obamacare, arguing that the change Congress had made rendered the law unconstitutional.
Against this, a coalition of 20 Democratic states led by California and New York expressed their support for Obama’s healthcare reform before the highest court.
Joe Biden in February urged the Supreme Court to protect Obamacare, which was a shift away from the Trump administration, which wanted to repeal the law.
In response to all those arguments, the Supreme Court today argued that the conservative states’ claims that Obamacare is unconstitutional are invalid and ruled against them.
The Supreme Court already ruled in favor of Obamacare in 2012 and 2015.