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Court Challenges Still Not over for the Affordable Care Act

Court Challenges Still Not over for the Affordable Care Act

The Affordable Care Act was a controversial law in that it stirred up more partisan rancor, both for and against it, in Washington than anything else in recent memory. However, when the Supreme Court ruled on the constitutionality of the law that has become known as Obamacare, conservatives and republicans had to admit defeat and move on. Well, they did attempt to repeal the law nearly 50 times, but they knew while they were doing this that it was little more than showmanship since the President would never sign a bill into law that repeals his signature piece of legislation. For all practical purposes, they knew there was nothing they could do about it despite having to posture for constituents back home.

Supreme Court watchers are today pointing out to anyone who believes that the court has already definitively ruled on this matter; not so fast. There is a case starting today that could undue the part of the law that makes it affordable for millions of people. About.Me stated if the case of King v. Burwell goes in favor of the plaintiffs, then health care subsidies for millions of Americans will suddenly be ruled illegal, and the Affordable Care Act itself may then collapse. Obamacare depends on those subsidies and will likely start to unravel if the 7 million Americans who receive subsidies directly from the federal government suddenly lose them. This case is considered somewhat of a long-shot by many, but the fact that the highest court in the land even agreed to hear it has many proponents of the law worried.