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Supreme Court weighs future of Obamacare

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 11/10/20, 04:12 pm

Nearly three years ago, President Donald Trump signed a law removing the Affordable Care Act’s penalty for individuals who did not have health insurance. On Tuesday, the Supreme Court heard arguments over whether the rest of President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law can stand without its centerpiece provision. Republican attorneys general from 18 states want the nation’s highest court to overturn the rest of the healthcare law, including its requirement that insurance companies cover preexisting health conditions.

Which way is the court leaning? U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts and Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh both commented they thought the law could remain valid without the individual health insurance mandate. If they joined the court’s three liberal justices, they could rule against the GOP plaintiffs with at least a 5-4 majority. Justices Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas voted with the minority in 2012 to strike down the entire Affordable Care Act. It’s unclear how Justices Amy Coney Barrett and Neil Gorsuch would rule, though Barrett has criticized the law in the past.

Dig deeper: From the WORLD archives, read my report in The Sift from when a lower court struck down Obamacare.

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Lynde Langdon

Lynde is a WORLD Digital's managing editor. She is a graduate of World Journalism Institute, the Missouri School of Journalism, and the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Lynde resides with her family in Wichita, Kansas. Follow Lynde on Twitter @lmlangdon.

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    Posted: Thu, 11/12/2020 07:27 pm

    Waste of time if "Medicare for All" will take its place.

    Does AOC think Medicare for All is a good thing, or does she already know it's not and is just making people think it's a good thing? But then Dems told everyone that Obamacare was a good thing and people believed. Many lost their jobs because of it. Many were cut to part time work and were made to pay for their own Obamacare. Many paid the tax penalty, which was cheaper than buying Obamacare. 

    What is wrong with this country? There is plenty of info about "FREE" healthcare in other countries. The media lies about that. Why?