Vital Signs newsletter: Supreme Court upholds Obamacare tax subsidies

The U.S. Supreme Court handed President Barack Obama a major win this morning by upholding tax subsidies critical to the success of his health care law.

The 6-3 decision — marking the second time in three years the court has thwarted a major challenge to the Affordable Act — means nothing changes. The subsidies are here to stay. But supporters of the law are celebrating because the ruling means millions of Americans who rely on the subsidies will keep their health insurance.

In Maine, 61,000 people will hang on to their subsidies, which help them to afford their monthly health insurance premiums. Without the financial leg up, the average premium in Maine would have shot up nearly 400 percent, from $88 to $425 per month, according to one analysis.

“Congress passed the Affordable Care Act to improve health insurance markets, not to destroy them,” Chief Justice John Roberts wrote in the court’s decision.

In his strongly worded dissent, Justice Antonin Scalia wrote, “We should start calling this law SCOTUScare.”

Supreme Court upholds Obamacare tax subsidies

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From the source

Need a little light reading to enjoy with lunch? Here’s the Supreme Court’s ruling on the ACA subsidies.


Compiled by BDN Health Editor Jackie Farwell


Jackie Farwell

About Jackie Farwell

I'm the health editor for the Bangor Daily News, a Bangor native, a UMaine grad, and a weekend crossword warrior. I never get sick of writing about Maine people, geeking out over health care data, and finding new ways to help you stay well. I live in Gorham with my husband Nick and our hound dog Riley.