The justices ruled that consumers qualify for a subsidy that reduces the cost of health care premiums whether they purchase their coverage through federal or state exchanges in the opinion written by Chief Justice John Roberts, according to NBC News.
Roberts wrote the opinion for himself, Justice Anthony Kennedy, and the four liberal justices. Justice Antonin Scalia wrote the dissent, joined by Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito, writes the news outlet.
“Congress passed the Affordable Care Act to improve health insurance markets, not to destroy them. If at all possible, we must interpret the Act in a way that is consistent with the former, and avoids the latter,” the court wrote in its majority opinion. Justice Antonin Scalia, writing for the dissenters, said people should start calling the law “SCOTUScare.”
“This Court, however, concludes that this limitation would prevent the rest of the Act from working as well as hoped. So it rewrites the law to make tax credits available everywhere. We should start calling this law SCOTUScare.”
More than six million lower-income Americans who get their health insurance through the federal marketplace or exchange — HealthCare.Gov — depend on the subsidies, reducing their premiums an average of 72 percent, saving an average of $270 a month.
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