The U.S. Supreme Court has junked a challenge to Obamacare led by Republicans, opting instead to keep everything in the law intact.
SCOTUS justices have stated in the ruling that Texas, along with other GOP-led states, plus two people, had no right to bring up the lawsuit in federal court.
The law’s major provisions include protections for people with pre-existing health conditions, a range of no-cost preventive services and the expansion of the Medicaid program that insures lower-income people, including those who work in jobs that don’t pay much or provide health insurance.
Also left in place is the law’s now-toothless requirement that people have health insurance or pay a penalty. Congress rendered that provision irrelevant in 2017 when it reduced the penalty to zero.
The elimination of the penalty had become the hook that Texas and other Republican-led states, as well as the Trump administration, used to attack the entire law. They argued that without the mandate, a pillar of the law when it was passed in 2010, the rest of the law should fall, too.
One would think with those justices Trump put on the bench we’d be able to get rid of this monstrosity, but that does not appear to be the case. It’s frustrating to put a conservative majority in the court and have them more or less ignore the values and principles they were placed there to fight for.