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Affordable Care Act (Obamacare)

The Affordable Care Act ruling is a lifeline

The Affordable Care Act ruling is a lifeline

From a policy, moral and economic perspective, the Supreme Court’s recent ruling on King v. Burwell is a victory for Americans. The court protected access to health coverage for millions of people, including more than 232,000 in Illinois. The people who receive federal subsidies have historically been in a quandary — earning too much to qualify for Medicaid, yet too poor to afford insurance. The subsidies have allowed them to receive primary care, preventive services and treatment of serious or chronic conditions. That care keeps them healthier and reduces personal and societal costs. It would have been cruel to strip them of their coverage. A ruling for the plaintiff would have...