Top court upholds Affordable Care Act clause

The U.S. Supreme Court just delivered a key victory to President Obama. It upheld subsidies for purchasing health coverage through the federal exchange, Healthcare.gov.

The justices settled a question over tax credits that could have derailed key elements of the Affordable Care Act. A clause in the fine print of the law appears to grant tax credits for purchasing insurance through state-run exchanges, but not Healthcare.gov.

President Obama and Democrats in Congress maintained this clause was a typo, and not the intent of the law.

"Today, after more than 50 votes in Congress to repeal or weaken this law, after a presidential election based in part on preserving or repealing this law, after multiple challenges to this law before the U.S. Supreme Court, the affordable care act is here to stay," said Obama.

Plaintiffs argued the law should be interpreted as it is written. Had the U.S. Supreme Court agreed with the plaintiffs, it would have wiped out subsidies for millions of people across the nation -- including more than a million in Florida.

Shane Clary says it would have burned her family in Tampa -- especially her aunt.

"Now she is able to get health care for some serious issues," she said. "This is great news."

Republican appointed justices Roberts and Kennedy voted with the four progressive justices on this ruling. Roberts was previously the swing vote in upholding Obamacare in 2012.

Justices Thomas, Alito and Scalia issued a scathing dissent.

Scalia wrote "this interpretation is unnatural and unheard of" and because the U.S. Supreme Court has repeatedly upheld the Affordable Care Act, he wrote, "We should just start calling this law Scotuscare."

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