Former President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act, or “Obamacare,” will not be repealed any time soon as the U.S. Supreme Court rejects yet another challenge to its constitutionality.
The court on Thursday ruled 7-2 in California v. Texas declaring that the state of Texas, among other challengers, do not have enough legal standing to file the lawsuit against Obamacare. Only Justices Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas dissented.
Justice Stephen Breyer wrote the majority opinion regarding whether the case could be filed, but the court did not address questions the case poses about whether the individual mandate is unconstitutional.
“No plaintiff has shown such an injury ‘fairly traceable’ to the ‘allegedly unlawful conduct’ challenged here,” Breyer wrote in the decision rejecting the case.
President Biden praised the Supreme Court’s decision as “a major victory for all Americans,” despite that the Justices did not give their insight on the constitutionality of Obama’s healthcare policy.
“Today’s U.S. Supreme Court decision is a major victory for all Americans benefiting from this groundbreaking and life-changing law,” said Biden.
The court’s latest decision comes after Justices redefined Obamacare’s “individual mandate” as a “tax” in 2012 as it is necessary for the plan’s functionality to require all Americans to opt-in.
Former President Donald Trump later reduced the penalty to zero dollars under the perception that it is unconstitutional to require Americans to opt-in to the ACA, or else pay a fine.
In light of the Supreme Court’s Thursday decision, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton vowed to “continue to fight this law,” adding that this is only the beginning.
“Obamacare was sold on a lie to the American people. Its crown jewel – the individual mandate – was unconstitutional when it was enacted and it is still unconstitutional,” Paxton said in a post on Twitter. “Yet, seven justices decided to avoid the question of the constitutionality by limiting its decision to a ruling on standing.”
“If the government is allowed to mislead its citizens, pass a massive government takeover of health care, and yet still survive after Supreme Court review, this spells doom for the principles of federalism and limited government,” the attorney general continued.
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Despite the setback posed by the court this week, the constitutionality of Obamacare is far from settled, especially as Republicans continue to gain momentum and regain power.