The US Supreme Court announced Thursday that it will not hear a case related to the Affordable Care Act – President Barack Obama’s major health care reform, which gave millions of Americans better access to care. It’s the third attempt to get the court to repeal the Affordable Care Act — often called Obamacare — that has now failed. Previous cases were decided in 2012 and 2015.
This time, the challenge came from a number of Republican states, led by Texas and supported by the previous Trump administration. They argued that the Affordable Care Act should be repealed, because Congress had already repealed one of the most controversial parts, the penalty for those who refuse to get health insurance.
But the Supreme Court does not consider that there is a basis for examining the case. The matter was decided by 7 votes to 2. Only Justices Samuel Alito and Neil Gorsuch disagreed.
Once again, the Court has thus shown that it does not allow itself to be governed by the Republican political agenda, despite the fact that the majority of justices are now conservative. After the November presidential election, HD dismissed several lawsuits from Republicans regarding vote counts and election results.
The decision on the Affordable Care Act is a success for President Joe Biden, who has promised to build on health care reform during his years in the White House. He was deeply involved in the negotiations over the bill during his years as Vice President Barack Obama.
The Affordable Care Act means, among other things, that insurance companies are not allowed to refuse health insurance to someone with a diagnosis or terminate insurance for people who have had the disease. In addition, adults can be covered by their parents’ insurance.
The reform was reached by Congress in March 2010, amid strong opposition from Republicans.
During the pandemic – the largest US health care crisis in a century – criticism has subsided somewhat. Several members of Congress have distanced themselves from the court’s latest case.