The legal argument of opponents questioned the eligibility of users to receive federal tax subsidies. The justices, while noting the imprecise language of the Act that enabled such a challenge, decided by six to three in favor of federal subsidies because the spirit of the Act was to improve the health insurance markets, of which subsidies are a key component.
Although the ruling represents a technical clarification and a symbolic victory that will protect and strengthen the Act, more challenges are likely to follow, as long as there are opponents that see medical insurance subsidies as a government give-away.
In only 2 years, the number of uninsured Americans has fallen from 18% to 12%. Under the Affordable Care Act, more than 16 million people have been covered so far with affordable health care. Of these, 6.4 million low-income are low-income.
The Affordable Care Act brought many positive changes. But, our government has not yet satisfactorily addressed the exception requested by the Little Sisters of the Poor and other Catholic organizations, who feel forced to add contraception to the benefits provided by their healthcare plans, even if it is contrary to their religious belief.
Impact of Affordable Care Act in Arizona:
- Net gain of Medicaid enrollees since December 2013: 365,129
- Arizonans under age 26 on parents' insurance plans: more than
- Arizonans with insurance from the federal marketplace: 205,000
(126,506 of them receiving subsidies)
Source: University of Arizona Center for Rural Health