Supreme Court Dismisses Latest Challenge to The Affordable Care Act

Yesterday, the Supreme Court rejected the latest challenge to the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The consolidated case of California, et al. v. Texas, et al. posed two critical questions for the Justices: (1) is the ACA’s individual mandate unconstitutional now that there is no penalty for not buying insurance? and (2) if the individual mandate is unconstitutional, is the entire ACA unconstitutional?

In its decision, the Supreme Court did not actually answer either question. Instead, in a 7-2 decision, the Court dismissed the case ruling that the parties challenging the ACA (eighteen states and two individuals) did not have standing to raise these issues.

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