Obamacare vs. SCOTUS: Round 2

Nov 7, 2014

Health Care

A protester against the US Supreme Court ruling upholding the constitutionality of the Affordable Healthcare Act, US President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare legislation, outside the Supreme Court in Washington, DC; Credit: SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images

The battle over the Affordable Care Act continues as the Supreme Court has agreed to hear a new challenge to President Obama’s healthcare law. SCOTUS announced Friday that they would decide whether or not it is legal for the government to subsidize health insurance for low and middle-income Americans in about two-thirds of the states.

Those who are challenging the law argue that the subsidies that help people buy health insurance can only be paid in the states that have already set up their own healthcare exchanges. So far, not many states have done this. If the Supreme Court ruled against the law, it would severely undercut this central part of the law and limit the amount of money available to help people buy health insurance.

This will be the second time that an issue involving Obamacare will make it to the Supreme Court. In 2012, SCOTUS upheld the heart of the law, which designated the Affordable Care Act as a tax, not a mandate, with a 5-4 decision.

Do you think this part of the Affordable Care Act should be upheld?


Greg Stohr, Supreme Court reporter, Bloomberg News

Lisa McElroy, a supreme court scholar and Associate Professor of Law at Drexel University School of Law

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