The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that Obamacare subsidies can go to enrollees in every state in a big victory for the Obama administration and a blow to Republicans hoping to repeal parts of the law.
In a 6-3 vote, the justices said all residents are eligible to receive federal subsidies to purchase insurance, even if they live in one of the 34 states that has not set up its own insurance exchange, reported The New York Times.
Chief Justice John Roberts wrote the majority opinion, which was opposed by Justices Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito — the Court’s most conservative members.
The administration’s challengers made the case that the government can’t subsidize plans purchased on the federal exchange, because the law says that only people who buy Obamacare “though an Exchange established by the state,” are eligible for subsidies.
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