US Supreme Court Ruling Upholds The
Affordable Care Act
On June 17, 2021, the US Supreme Court declined to overturn the Affordable Care Act by a 7-2 vote, rejecting a lawsuit filed by a group of Republican state attorneys general claiming that a change made by Congress in 2017 had rendered the entire law unconstitutional.
It's the third time since 2010 that the Affordable Care Act (ACA), known as Obamacare, has survived a challenge, allowing millions to keep their insurance coverage amid the coronavirus pandemic.
This decision reversed a lower court ruling finding the individual mandate unconstitutional. However, the court did not address the question of whether a key provision in the law was unconstitutional and whether the bulk of the law could stand without a provision that initially required most Americans to obtain insurance or pay a penalty. Instead, the court held the plaintiffs do not have standing in the case, or a legal right to bring the suit. Learn more.