The 6-3 ruling, is a major win for the White House. It stopped a challenge that would have erased tax-credit subsidies in at least 34 states for individuals and families buying insurance through the federal government’s online marketplace. Such a result would have made coverage unaffordable for millions and created price spirals for those who kept their policies, many experts predicted.
When Congress passed the Affordable Care Act in 2010 the intension was to improve health insurance markets, not to destroy them. Chief Justice John Roberts wrote in the majority court opinion: “abolishing the subsidies could well push a State’s individual insurance market into a death spiral. It is implausible that Congress meant the Act to operate in this manner.”
Without doubt, the Supreme Court’s ruling raising the odds for ACA survivals but by no means ends the legal and political assaults it has undergone over the past five years after it became law.