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The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Thursday by a 6-3 vote that more than 6 million Americans, including 1.3 million Floridians, can continue to receive subsidies under the Affordable Care Act to buy health insurance through the federally run exchange at HealthCare.gov.
Ruling in the case of King v. Burwell, the Supreme Court upheld the Obama administration’s interpretation of the health law that allows billions of dollars in health insurance subsidies — including an estimated $389 million a month for Florida residents — to be distributed in the 34 states where the federal government operates the insurance exchange because the state decided against it.
Writing for the majority, Chief Justice John Roberts acknowledged that the challengers' "arguments about the plain meaning . . . are strong."
But, he noted: "Congress passed the Affordable Care Act to improve health insurance markets, not to estroy them."
From the majority opinion: "In this instance, the context and structure of the Act compel us to depart from what would otherwise be the most natural reading of the pertinent statutory phrase."
Dissenting were Justices Antonin Scalia, who read his opinion from the bench, according to a report from SCOTUSblog.com, Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito. Scalia was critical of the health law in his reading from the bench.
From Scalia's dissent: "We should start calling this law SCOTUScare."