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Barack Obama Confident Supreme Court Will Uphold Obamacare Laws

| by Ethan Brown
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President Barack Obama expressed optimism that the U.S. Supreme Court will strike down the challenge against his signature legislative achievement, the Affordable Care Act.

On April 13, WCSH-TV in Portland, Maine, interviewed Obama and he commented on the upcoming decision from the court.

“I’m confident in the Supreme Court applying its own rules of interpreting laws (and) will uphold the law. It’s pretty clear cut,” the president said.

While the Supreme Court voted in favor of the set of laws labeled as Obamacare in a 5-4 decision in June 2012, a new argument about the validity of a section of the legislation has been questioned.

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The fragment currently in question is whether the federal government is allowed to pay insurance subsidies to citizens residing in states that are enrolled under the ACA.

In the case of King v. Burwell, plaintiffs argue that wording in the law, “established by the state,” represents that those people living in states without the health care subsidies cannot receive any tax assistance from the federal government. Currently, 37 states do not have individual health care exchanges in place, The Washington Times noted.

If the Supreme Court rules against the law, it would cause a major setback to the legislation which has been in place since October 2013. The government would have to figure out how to proceed without the subsidy program, a piece of the legislation that is crucial to its existence.

During oral arguments in March, the more partisan justices did not make it secret as to how they would vote. Democrats Sonia Sotomayor, Stephen Breyer, Elena Kagan and Ruth Bader Ginsburg only asked a few questions to the defense team. Republicans Clarence Thomas, Antonin Scalia and Samuel Alito asked more detailed and skeptical questions to the ACA’s attorneys. Swing voters Anthony Kennedy and Chief Justice John Roberts did not provide any indications of how they would vote, The Hill reported.

While the Supreme Court has already voted on the matter, the verdict will not be released until June.

Sources: The Washington Times, The Hill

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