June 17, 2021 | CNN
Supreme Court dismisses challenge to Affordable Care Act, leaving it in place
The Supreme Court dismissed a challenge to the Affordable Care Act on Thursday in a decision that will leave the law intact and save health care coverage for millions of Americans. The justices turned away a challenge from Republican-led states and the former Trump administration, which urged the justices to block the entire law.
Obama said the high court's ruling reaffirms that the law "is here to stay."
"The principle of universal coverage has been established, and 31 million people now have access to care through the law we passed -- with millions more who can no longer be denied coverage or charged more because of a preexisting condition," the former president said in a statement Thursday.
Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, who helped shape the law as a White House adviser under Obama, echoed the 44th President on Thursday the high court made it clear that the ACA is the law of the land.
"It's going to stay the law of the land. We're not repealing it and now we should get on to doing additional things to help improve the health care system," Emanuel told CNN's Poppy Harlow on "Newsroom."
"I think the issue is, let's stop with the debate of can we get people covered through the Affordable Care Act? Will the exchanges stay? Will the Medicaid expansion stay? And let's talk about the real issues of improving the health of the population...," he added. "They made clear, stop annoying us. This is a recurring fly. We're not going to deal with it."