Obamacare news: Supreme Court hears appeal against health care law
US Supreme Court is finally hearing arguments in the healthcare law introduced by President Barack Obamaâ€™s administration.
The case that is around three years old was filed in the US Supreme Court in the year 2012. Solicitor General Donald B. Verrilli Jr. is appearing for Obama administration while Michael A. Carvin is appearing for the plaintiffs.
Many provisions of healthcare law are being challenged by the plaintiffs. The case of King v. Burwell, No. 14-114, the main question is whether Obama introduced Affordable Care Act bars the subsidies in places where the federal government runs the insurance marketplaces instead of the state governments.
The verdict in the case is going to be very important for the future of Obamacare. The courtâ€™s decision is expected to come by June this year. It is also going to decide whether as many as seven million low- and middle-income people in more than 35 states in the US will be able to get subsidies to help them buy health insurance in the future. Should the court rule that the subsidies were not authorized by the health care law, most of those people would no longer be able to afford insurance. And insurance markets in those states could collapse, imperiling the health care law itself.
This is going to be an important occasion for Obama administration. One of the lawâ€™s provisions explicitly denotes that subsidies should be given only to people living where the marketplaces, known as exchanges, had been â€œestablished by the state.â€ The lawâ€™s defenders say its other provisions, along with its structure and purpose, make clear that it called for subsidies in all 50 states. This is going to be a decisive factor in the coming days.