The Supreme Court Will Likely Keep Most of the Affordable Care Act Intact

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Comments from two Associate Supreme Court Justices given Tuesday indicate that they are planning to keep most of the Affordable Care Act intact, despite President Trump’s efforts to dismantle it.

President Trump’s administration and Republican state officials have recently been under fire for bringing Obamacare back to the Supreme Court for the third time after previous attempts to tear apart ACA failed due to majority vote. Two of the court’s conservative justices, Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Brett Kavanaugh have alluded that they plan to vote in favor of keeping the law mostly intact.

The Trump administration and Republican state officials aim to get rid of the individual mandate, which requires U.S. individuals and companies to ensure that their employees have health insurance. Essentially, the individual mandate aims to make sure that more Americans participate in health insurance and make it more affordable for everyone. Earlier today, President-elect Joe Biden stated that he wants to protect affordable health care for all.

When ACA was previously debated in the Supreme Court, Congress yielded that the individual mandate was harmless as there is a penalty in place for failing to obtain health insurance.

The individual mandate allows for fewer individuals to pay that fee, as health care is accessible to more Americans.

According to the New York Times, Justice Kavanaugh recently voiced his thoughts on the act and said, “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.” Chief Justice Roberts seemed to agree with this idea. We will be waiting anxiously to hear about what changes are made to the Affordable Care Act.