Supreme Court Rejects Challenges to the Affordable Care Act in Texas v. California

On June 17, 2021, the Supreme Court rejected another attempt to dismantle the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) in its highly-anticipated decision in Texas v. California. However, instead of ruling on the central issue in the case—whether the ACA was rendered unconstitutional when Congress eliminated the individual tax penalty for failing to obtain health insurance—the Court dispatched the case on a procedural technicality. In a 7:2 decision authored by Justice Breyer, the Court held that neither the states nor the individuals challenging the law had legal standing to challenge the provision of the ACA that requires individuals to have health insurance (known as the individual mandate).

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