November 13, 2020

News: Affordable Care Act Comes Before Supreme Court for a Third Time

On Tuesday the Supreme Court heard oral argument in California v. Texas, a case brought by Republican governors and supported by the Trump Administration that challenges the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). This is the third time the Supreme Court has heard a major case over the law which provides health care coverage for over 23 million Americans.

If the ACA is struck down, millions of Americans with preexisting medical conditions and disabilities would lose access to affordable health insurance. A recent Kaiser Family Foundation poll found that the majority of Americans (58%) do not want the Supreme Court to overturn the ACA.

“Older Americans depend on the ACA. Seniors are paying the highest prices in the world for prescription drugs,” said Richard Fiesta, Executive Director of the Alliance. “The ACA has eliminated the prescription drug ‘doughnut’ hole, saving Medicare beneficiaries thousands of dollars on average.”

The Court is not expected to rule on the case until 2021. During oral arguments Justice Brett Kavanaugh said that “it does seem fairly clear that the proper remedy would be to sever the mandate provision and leave the rest of the act in place — the provisions regarding pre-existing conditions and the rest,” giving ACA supporters hope that he could cast the deciding vote to uphold the law.

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