Supreme Court Upholds Obamacare Subsidies

New York Times: “The Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that President Obama’s health care law may provide nationwide tax subsidies to help poor and middle-class people buy health insurance.”

“Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. wrote the majority opinion in the 6-to-3 decision. The court’s three most conservative members — Justices Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Samuel A. Alito Jr. — dissented.”

“Chief Justice Roberts wrote that the words must be understood as part of a larger statutory plan.”

“’In this instance,’ he wrote, ‘the context and structure of the act compel us to depart from what would otherwise be the most natural reading of the pertinent statutory phrase.’

“’Congress passed the Affordable Care Act to improve health insurance markets, not to destroy them,’ he added. “’f at all possible, we must interpret the act in a way that is consistent with the former, and avoids the latter.’”

Jonathan Cohn: “The decision is a major defeat for conservatives, who have been trying to wipe Obamacare off the books ever since its enactment in 2010. The sweeping reform law, a key component of President Barack Obama’s legacy, now appears to be secure at least through the 2016 elections. Its fate beyond that will depend on who becomes president next year — and whether Republicans in Congress are willing to keep fighting for repeal.”

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