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Supreme Court upholds subsidies in Affordable Care Act

The Supreme Court upheld Thursday nationwide healthcare government subsidies under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The move will retain the tax subsidies that 8.7 million people currently rely on to afford health care. The Affordable Care Act was passed in the Senate in 2009, through Congress in 2010 and signed by President Barack Obama into law in 2012.

Asian Americans Advancing Justice, a civic rights group, praised the move in a press release saying many minorities have benefited from the legislation. “Millions of Americans, including hundreds of thousands of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders (AANHPIs) have had access to critically important health coverage because of the ACA,” said Stewart Kwoh, President and Executive Director of Advancing Justice – LA.

KPCC reports that Thursday’s ruling is significant but less so in California. Peter Lee, executive director of Covered California, told KPCC that if the subsidies were gone, it would have had a "negligible" impact on California, since the state runs its own health exchange. The Wall Street Journal reports that the exchange has $100 in grant funding and $192 in unrestricted funds, making it possible for it to continue as a State program. The exchange will also have $120 for marketing and outreach in the next fiscal year.

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