‘Obamacare’ likely to survive, high court arguments indicate

A more conservative Supreme Court appeared unwilling Tuesday to do what Republicans have long desired: kill off the Affordable Care Act, including its key protections for pre-existing health conditions and subsidized insurance premiums that affect tens of millions of Americans. 

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November 11, 2020 - 9:14 AM

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WASHINGTON (AP) — A more conservative Supreme Court appeared unwilling Tuesday to do what Republicans have long desired: kill off the Affordable Care Act, including its key protections for pre-existing health conditions and subsidized insurance premiums that affect tens of millions of Americans. 

Meeting remotely a week after the election  and in the midst of a pandemic that has closed their majestic courtroom, the justices took on the latest Republican challenge to the Obama-era health care law, with three appointees of President Donald Trump, an avowed foe of the law, among them.

But at least one of those Trump appointees, Justice Brett Kavanaugh, seemed likely to vote to leave the bulk of the law intact, even if he were to find the law’s now-toothless mandate that everyone obtain health insurance to be unconstitutional.

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