The Supreme Court today threw out a Texas challenge to the Affordable Care Act, ruling the GOP states seeking to derail the law lacked standing to sue over a $0 penalty adopted by Congress.
In a 7-2 decision, the Supreme Court rejected a constitutional challenge to the Affordable Care Act. The 7-2 ruling is the third time the nation's highest court has preserved the 2010 law, colmmonly referred to as "Obamacare".
The Majority of judges ruled that:
- Texas, and other Republican-led states and two individuals had no right to bring their lawsuit in federal court.
- The law’s major provisions include protections for people with pre-existing health conditions, a range of no-cost preventive services and the expansion of the Medicaid program.
- The ruling left in place the law’s requirement that people have health insurance or pay a penalty. Congress rendered that provision irrelevant in 2017 when it reduced the penalty to zero.
Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Clarence Thomas, Amy Coney Barrett and Brett Kavanaugh all sided with the high court's liberal justices in the ruling.