The Supreme Court of the United States has ruled in King vs. Burwell by a vote of 6-3 that the current Affordable Care Act will authorize federal tax credits to eligible Americans who are living in states how have their own exchanges, as well as the 34 states that have federal marketplaces.
The ruling has been considered a major victory for the ACA, confirming its role in the health care system and validating President Obama’s signature achievement. All three broadcast networks comvered the story, as well as social media, with NBC devoting nearly eight minutes to the subject, more than twice as much as ABC.
There were two lawsuits brought to the Supreme Court lawsuits regarding the Affordable Care Act:
- The 2012 NIFIB V Seleblius case, which ruled in favor of the ACA with some changes.
- The 2015 King V Burwell case also ruled in favor of Obamacare.
Although this was a major victory for President Obama, much still needs to be done regarding the Affordable Care Act. Tince there still exists a health care plan that has a $6,000 deductible. This necessities that a lot of work to be done before this ACA can be considered an effective tool for the American citizens who have need for it.