The Supreme Court ruled against a Republican-led effort to strike down Obamacare in a 7-2 ruling on Thursday, according to NBC News.
Texas and several other states with Republican leadership brought their case all the way to the Supreme Court in an effort to change the law’s individual mandate provision.
In the end, however, Chief Justice John Roberts and fellow conservative Justices Clarence Thomas, Brett Kavanaugh, and Amy Coney Barrett joined Justice Stephen Breyer’s opinion.
Not surprising was the ascent of liberal justices Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan who rounded out the majority bringing it to seven.
In his majority opinion, Breyer said that Texas and the dozen-plus states who brought the challenge, were unable to show how they were harmed by the law:
“Neither the individual nor the state plaintiffs have shown that the injury they will suffer or have suffered is ‘fairly traceable’ to the ‘allegedly unlawful conduct’ of which they complain,” Breyer wrote.
However, Justices Samuel Alito and Neil Gorsuch, both conservatives, disagreed with the majority opinion, with Alito authoring the dissent:
“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,” Alito wrote in a dissent that was joined by Gorsuch. “In all three episodes, with the Affordable Care Act facing a serious threat, the Court has pulled off an improbable rescue.”
This is a blow to Republicans who consider the Affordable Care act to be one of the major steps needed to enact socialism and a bane in conservatives’ collective existence.