The United States Supreme Court issued their ruling today in a major lawsuit from 18 states that challenged the Affordable Care Act put in place by former President Barack Obama. reported Fox News.
This might come to a devastating blow to a vast number of Americans paying higher than normal premiums and/deductibles, but the Supreme Court ruled in a decision, 7-2, that Texas and the 17 other states “lacked standing to challenge its constitutionality.” The lawsuit also included two individuals who stood against the healthcare program that many Americans sometimes stated was overpriced and under-performing compared to their previous health insurances.
In other words, the Affordable Care Act remains in place, making this decision the third challenge that “Obamacare” has defeated and remained intact.
As stated on Fox News: “The states had argued that the law’s individual mandate was unconstitutional once it no longer carried a penalty because it had been justified as falling under the congressional power of taxation. They also claimed that the rest of the law could not survive without the mandate. “We do not reach these questions of the Act’s validity, however, for Texas and the other plaintiffs in this suit lack the standing necessary to raise them,” Justice Stephen Breyer wrote in the court’s opinion.”
President Joe Biden had urged the Supreme Court to keep “Obamacare” in place.
After today’s ruling by the Supreme Court, Vice President Kamala Harris’ spokeswoman, Sabrina Singh, stated: “The Affordable Care Act remains the law of the land and will continue to provide millions of Americans with healthcare. Today is a good day.”
Here’s a list of states who were against the Affordable Care Act, and also those who supported it:
Former President Barack Obama once said we can keep our doctors, but many later found out that wasn’t always the case with his healthcare plan, the Affordable Care Act.
Not only that, but many of Americans also found out that the “Affordable” part wasn’t really true either, as many people experienced paying higher premiums and much larger deductibles.
Those who chose not to have the insurance were forced to pay a monetary penalty until former President Donald Trump and Congress removed that in January 2019.
The Affordable Healthcare Act shook up the entire insurance market and caused a major rift with employers, as some would no longer offer full time work to employees because the cost of health insurance was too much and they risked losing their business.
Other companies resorted to hiring more part time employees and less full-timers.
The adjustment to the Affordable Care Act had a major impact on a lot of people both financially and at work.
For my personal costs, I went from paying $237 a month with AETNA and having a very low deducible and great coverage, to having a monthly premium of close to $400 and a deductible of $8000.
It also took a while for me to figure out which plan would actually include my doctor, and unfortunately – no plans that were affordable would include my dermatologist. So, my monthly bill went up and I wasn’t able to keep all my doctors.