Obamacare Upheld By Supreme Court

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A Six-to-three decision on federal subsidies all but guarantees that the Affordable Care Act will survive intact until at least the 2016 election in major victory for Barack Obama

‘The Supreme Court upheld the nationwide availability of tax subsidies crucial to the White House’s healthcare program, handing a major victory to President Obama. Six judges affirmed the verdict of a lower court in King v. Burwell, with three dissenting.

Conservative plaintiffs challenged the 2010 Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare, arguing that federal tax subsidies envisioned by the law, as written, only applied to health exchanges “established by the state.”

Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Anthony Kennedy, both regarded as conservative, joined the court’s liberal judges Kennedy, Ginsburg, Breyer and Sotomayor in backing the government’s position on Thursday.’

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