UPDATE: U.S. Supreme Court upholds tax subsidies; Affordable Care Act to continue

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UPDATE (4 p.m.) – Congressman John Moolenaar released a statement following the ruling, saying he will continue to fight for ways to bring down the cost of health insurance. “Today’s ruling fails to protect Americans from President Obama’s broken health care law. Premium increases are already expected next year, and more Americans are paying higher deductibles that take hard-earned money straight out of their pockets. I will continue to fight for patient-centered alternatives that let individuals choose the coverage they want and drive down the cost of health insurance,” said Congressman John Moolenaar (R – Midland).

UPDATE 10:55 a.m. – Tax subsidies for 228,000 Michigan residents with health insurance are intact after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a key component of the federal health care law.

Michigan was among 34 states at risk after not creating its own insurance exchange. But the court ruled 6-3 Thursday that the tax credits don’t hinge on where someone lives.

The average monthly tax credit is $273 in Michigan.

Another 65,000 residents have insurance through the federal marketplace but don’t qualify for subsidies.

They also would have been affected if the ruling had gone the other way. The individual insurance market works as a risk pool. If healthier people had been forced to drop coverage without tax credits, there would have been less money to cover the costs of the sicker people who remained.

6 News will continue to update this developing story online and on 6 News at Noon, 5 & 6

UPDATE 10:30 a.m. – Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts has again voted with his liberal colleagues to uphold a key portion of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul.

Roberts also was the key vote to uphold the law in 2012. Justice Anthony Kennedy was a dissenter in 2012, but was part of the majority on Thursday.

Roberts says in the majority opinion, quote, “Congress passed the Affordable Care Act to improve health insurance markets, not to destroy them.”

Nationally, 10.2 million people have signed up for health insurance under the Obama health overhaul. That includes the 8.7 million people who are receiving an average subsidy of $272 a month to help pay their insurance premiums.

Of those receiving subsidies, 6.4 million people were at risk of losing that aid because they live in states that did not set up their own health insurance exchanges.

House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi is cheering the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold a key portion of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul.

The California Democrat was instrumental in getting the law passed in 2010.

In a statement, she says, quote, “Today, for the second time, the Supreme Court has upheld the Affordable Care Act. This is a victory for common sense and for all American families. It is long past time for Republicans to abandon their assault on the newfound health security that the Affordable Care Act is providing millions and millions of Americans across the country.”

Original story: WASHINGTON (AP) – The Supreme Court has upheld the nationwide tax subsidies under President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, in a ruling that preserves health insurance for millions of Americans.

The justices said in a 6-3 ruling Thursday that the subsidies that 8.7 million people currently receive to make insurance affordable do not depend on where they live, under the 2010 health care law.

The outcome is the second major victory for Obama in politically charged Supreme Court tests of his most significant domestic achievement.

Chief Justice John Roberts again voted with his liberal colleagues in support of the law. Roberts also was the key vote to uphold the law in 2012.

Justice Anthony Kennedy also voted with his more liberal colleagues.

More Information:

King v. Burwell SCOTUS opinion – http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/14pdf/14-114_qol1.pdf

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