The Obamacare health care law a signature policy of the former US President Barack Obama’s administration has scaled through opposition about three times.
The US Supreme Court today upheld the law that seeks to provide affordable health insurance for all Americans. This brings an end to a legal tussle instigated by the State of Texas and 17 other Republican-governed States.
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) was initiated in 2010 and has since been challenged. This is the third time the policy will be challenged.
The law gave millions of low-income Americans the privilege to be included in medical insurance.
The law ensures that insurers do not deny coverage due to pre-existing conditions.
The decision was reached by a 7-2 majority of the Supreme Court stating that the challengers did not have the legal basis to sue and as such cannot address the question of whether a key provision in the law was unconstitutional.
The legal challenge was supported by former President Donald Trump as part of his campaign promises to repeal the laws if he was elected in 2016
The White House had earlier said that a record of 31 million Americans were now covered by the healthcare under ACA, popularly known as Obamacare.
While they controlled both houses, the Republicans attempted and failed to overturn the law in Congress and in courts on many occasions.
The Affordable Care Act popular christened as the Obama Care is a nationwide law that focuses on reforming the national health care system of the United States. Obama Care is the unofficial name for The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
It was signed into law on March 23, 2010 by President Barack Obama as a signature policy of his administration. The primary objective of the health care reform is to provide healthcare coverage for all (currently uninsured) Americans universally and to decrease the costs of health care services and coverage.
Some of the goals for Obama Care as outlined are the following:
• Providing more Americans with access to affordable health insurance
• Provide healthcare coverage for all (currently uninsured) Americans universally
• Improvement in the quality of health care and health insurance
• Regulate the health insurance industry
Reduce Healthcare costs and spending in the US.
As reported, some of the important aspects of the law include:
• Obama Care contains cost-reducing provisions to reduce the growth of Medicare spending and Healthcare costs in general.
• Aim of Obama Care is to improve quality of care for all Americans by providing better preventative and wellness care to raise standards of basic health care coverage.
• Obama Care eliminates pre-existing conditions and gender discrimination so that no individuals can be charged more or can be dropped from their health insurance coverage for health or gender reasons.
• Obama Care aim is providing discounts through the Health Insurance Marketplace.
• Obama Care ensures Healthcare coverage to any legal US resident who cannot currently get quality Healthcare through their employer so that access to health care is no longer dependent of health insurance companies.
• Obama Care gives American employers with over 50 full-time equivalent employees choices of providing insurance that meets Obama Care standards or are required to pay a penalty.
• Employers with less than 25 full-time equivalent employees may qualify for tax credits and other assistance for insuring employees through the Health Insurance Marketplace.
With this verdict by the Supreme Court, the future of the Obama Care policy looks secured.