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Supreme Court Upholds Health Law Subsidies

The high court issued its decision in King v. Burwell. Check back here often as KHN rounds up news stories on the case from around the web.

The Associated Press: Supreme Court Upholds Nationwide Health Care Law Subsidies 
The Supreme Court has upheld the nationwide tax subsidies under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, in a ruling that preserves health insurance for millions of Americans. The justices said in a 6-3 ruling Thursday that the subsidies that 8.7 million people currently receive to make insurance affordable do not depend on where they live, under the 2010 health care law. (Sherman, 6/25)

The Wall Street Journal: Supreme Court Upholds Obama’s Health-Law Subsidies 
The ruling marks the second time President Barack Obama’s signature domestic policy achievement has survived a near-death experience in the courts, and leaves the law on a firmer footing for the remainder of his time in office. The court ruled contested language in the 2010 health-care law allows the administration to offer subsidies in the form of tax credits to people in all states, including those who buy health coverage on the federal insurance site (Kendall and Radnofsky, 6/24)

The New York Times: Supreme Court Allows Nationwide Health Care Subsidies 
The case concerned a central part of the Affordable Care Act, Mr. Obama’s signature legislative achievement. The law created marketplaces, known as exchanges, to allow people who lack insurance to shop for individual health plans. Some states set up their own exchanges, but about three dozen allowed the federal government to step in to run them. Across the nation, about 85 percent of customers using the exchanges qualify for subsidies to help pay for coverage, based on their income. The question in the case, King v. Burwell, No. 14-114, was what to make of a phrase in the law that seems to say the subsidies are available only to people buying insurance on “an exchange established by the state.” (Liptak, 6/25)

Reuters: Supreme Court Upholds Key Obamacare Insurance Subsidies 
The court ruled on a 6-3 vote that the 2010 Affordable Care Act, widely known as Obamacare, did not restrict the subsidies to states that establish their own online healthcare exchanges. It marked the second time in three years that the high court ruled against a major challenge to the law brought by conservatives seeking to gut it. Chief Justice John Roberts was joined by fellow conservative Justice Anthony Kennedy and the court’s liberal members in the majority. (Hurley, 6/25)

Here is a link to the Supreme Court ruling.


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