The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected a joint lawsuit brought by 17 Republican states to overturn the controversial Obama-era health care law.
In a 7-2 vote, the court’s justices decided to leave the entire law intact when they ruled Thursday, June 17, that the plaintiff Republican states lacked standing to sue against the law, Newsmax reported.
The states sought to have the high court strike down Obamacare entirely, arguing that the entire legislation is unconstitutional, focusing on the issue of mandatory health insurance posed by the law.
In a majority opinion written by Justice Stephen Breyer, the Court held that “The Constitution gives federal courts the power to adjudicate only genuine ‘Cases’ and ‘Controversies.’ Art. III, §2. To have standing, a plaintiff must “allege personal injury fairly traceable to the defendant’s allegedly unlawful conduct and likely to be redressed by the requested relief.”
According to the Court, none of the plaintiffs have succeeded in demonstrating that such injury is sufficiently attributable to the “allegedly unlawful” conduct of the legislation sought to be challenged.
The Court’s Justices, Samuel Alito and Neil Gorsuch, were the only justices to speak in favor of the plaintiff states and after the ruling expressed their dissent:
“Today’s decision is the third installment in our epic Affordable Care Act trilogy, and it follows the same pattern as installments one and two. In all three episodes, with the Affordable Care Act facing a serious threat, the Court has pulled off an improbable rescue.”
Regardless of how the courts rule, Obamacare detractors contend that the legislation has been an unmitigated failure and caused harm to American health care.
Following the imposition of the law during Barack Obama’s administration on March 23, 2010, the rising costs and declining choices in health coverage have not stopped. Prices doubled in the first four years of the program, and millions of people lost the coverage they previously had.
The price increases for accessing health care services are primarily because Obamacare regulations, fees, and other provisions of the law severely affected private providers who saw a considerable increase in their costs overnight, which were translated into the rates ultimately paid by consumers.
Former President Donald Trump, committed during his administration to improving the health care system in both its capacity for care and its economic productivity, signed several executive orders in September 2020 that would have become part of a revamped health care plan promised years ago. The plan included options such as prescription drug cost reductions and an end to so-called surprise billing.
Trump’s plan included “better care, with more choice, at a much lower cost, and working to ensure that Americans have access to the care they need,” the then-president said during a speech in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Eventually, plans for a more efficient health care plan were dashed when Democrats took control of the White House, which is sticking with the socialist-style health care system passed by Obama and even pushing to deepen it.