We applaud the Supreme Court’s decision today in King v. Burwell. Chief Justice John Roberts, writing the majority, affirmed that health care insurance subsidies will continue for the 6.3 million people in the U.S. who purchased health insurance through the use of federal subsidies in the 34 states, including Illinois, that have insurance exchanges operated by the federal government. This preserves access to health care insurance for 232,000 people in Illinois who would have been left in the lurch had the Supreme Court ruled the other way.
Justice John Roberts reaffirmed, in the decision, that in a democracy, the power to make law rests with those chosen by the people. He concluded that “Congress passed the Affordable Care Act to improve health insurance markets not destroy them. If at all possible, we must interpret the Act in a way that is consistent with the former, and avoids the latter.” And with that, the Supreme Court found that the Act allowed health insurance subsidies for Americans in all states, including those whose health insurance marketplaces are run by the federal government.