The Supreme Court has rejected a challenge against Obamacare brought by a group of red states on technical grounds in a 7-2 decision.
The majority ruled the states did not have the standing to bring the suit against the law.
Justice Stephen Breyer wrote the majority opinion:
The Constitution gives federal courts the power to adjudicate only genuine “Cases” and “Controversies.” Art. III, §2. To have standing, a plaintiff must “allege personal injury fairly traceable to the defendant’s allegedly unlawful conduct and likely to be redressed by the requested relief.” DaimlerChrysler Corp. v. Cuno, 547 U. S. 332, 342. No plaintiff has shown such an injury “fairly traceable” to the “allegedly unlawful conduct” challenged here.
Justices Alito and Gorsuch dissented and wrote in the minority opinion “Today’s decision is the third installment in our epic Affordable Care Act trilogy, and it follows the same pattern as installments one and two. In all three episodes, with the Affordable Care Act facing a serious threat, the Court has pulled off an improbable rescue.”
White House chief of staff Ron Klain, reacting to the high court’s decision, tweeted in reference to Obama’s 2010 comment “It’s still a BFD.”
It's still a BFD.
— Ronald Klain (@WHCOS) June 17, 2021