The ruling ensures that the Affordable Care Act will survive even after the President Obama leaves office in 2017. It binds a major expansion in the health care plan since the creation of Medicare and Medicaid half a century ago. It was a victory for President Obama, who declared in a Rose Garden address that “the Affordable Care Act is here to stay”, after abandoning the efforts of the Republicans to destroy Obamacare. The ruling was definitely a blow to the Republicans. But the battle’s still far from over, considering a host of legal and political challenges that remain, instead the argument shifts to the presidential election now. “I am disappointed by today’s Supreme Court ruling in the King v. Burwell case. But this decision is not the end of the fight against Obamacare,” former Governor of Florida Jeb Bush said in a statement.
Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and Justice Anthony M. Kennedy joined the Supreme Court’s four liberals in rejecting the lawsuit in the ruling which settled the biggest legal questions surrounding the health care law. “Congress passed the Affordable Care Act to improve health insurance markets, not to destroy them,” Roberts wrote in the majority opinion. “If at all possible, we must interpret the Act in a way that is consistent with the former, and avoids the latter.” Roberts also wrote the controlling opinion in the 2012’s closely divided decision, but no other justice joined at that time. Had the plaintiffs won, millions of people who depend on the Affordable Care Act for the insurance coverage would have lost financial assistance from the Federal Government. Not to mention, the loss of so many customers would have forced insurance companies to raise premiums, eventually creating havoc in the insurance markets nationwide.
The much controversial health care plan seems to be secure, at least through the 2016 presidential elections, which might live up to cement the testament to President Obama’s legacy. But what might happen if a Republican wins the White House in 2016, the same people who have been trying really hard to wipe Obamacare off the books ever since it came into the picture in 2010? The law’s fate obviously depends on who sits on the President’s chair next year, and whether the Congress Republicans are willing to keep fighting to destroy the law. The battle goes on, as the Republicans count on ‘budget reconciliation’ to push a measure through the Senate with the help of GOP majority on the Capitol Hill.