MSN - AP World http://syn2.thecanadianpress.com:8080/mrss/feed/fcf7391a2f354311807f0501c16bde6a MSN - AP World Copyright © 2010-2018 The Canadian Press. All rights reserved. http://www.rssboard.org/rss-specification Mon, 27 Sep 2021 06:25:13 +0000 High court throws out third 'Obamacare' challenge http://syn2.thecanadianpress.com:8080/mrss/feed/fcf7391a2f354311807f0501c16bde6a/ec3a961401754106b365695f8ee2e8be The Supreme Court dismissed a major challenge to the Obama-era health care law on Thursday, turning aside an effort by Republican-led states to throw out the law that provides insurance coverage for millions of Americans. (June 17) ec3a961401754106b365695f8ee2e8be Thu, 17 Jun 2021 17:36:48 +0000 SHOTLIST:RESTRICTION SUMMARY:ASSOCIATED PRESSARCHIVE: Washington DC - 25 September 20201. Various establishing shots of the U.S. Supreme Court buildingASSOCIATED PRESSWashington DC - 17 June 2021++SOUNDBITE PARTIALLY COVERED++2. SOUNDBITE (English) Mark Sherman, Associated Press, Supreme Court Reporter:"The Supreme Court today rejected a challenge to the Affordable Care Act, known popularly as Obamacare. 18 Republican-led states and a couple of people had sued over the law, and it was the third major Obamacare lawsuit at the Supreme Court. And this one ended the way the first two did with the law being left intact."POOLARCHIVE: Washington, DC - 23 April 20213. Wide of U.S. Supreme Court's nine justices in a group photoASSOCIATED PRESSWashington DC - 17 June 2021++SOUNDBITE FULLY COVERED++4. SOUNDBITE (English) Mark Sherman, Associated Press, Supreme Court Reporter:"There was some hope among the opponents of Obamacare that this time would be different, mainly because the court is more conservative now that there are three appointees of President Donald Trump on it. But two of those three, Justices (Amy Coney) Barrett and (Brett) Kavanaugh, were in the majority today to rule that the challenge should be rejected and only Justice Neil Gorsuch was in dissent."POOLARCHIVE: Washington, DC - 23 April 20215. Pan from Justice Amy Coney Barrett to Justice Neil GorsuchASSOCIATED PRESSWashington DC - 17 June 2021++SOUNDBITE PARTIALLY COVERED++6. SOUNDBITE (English) Mark Sherman, Associated Press, Supreme Court Reporter:"What happened was... Congress in 2017 reduced the penalty on the individual mandate to zero. In other words, if you don't buy health insurance, you have to pay a penalty. But Congress reduced the penalty to zero. The court said in view of that, no one is harmed and there's no right to bring that case in federal court."SENATE TVWashington DC - 17 June 20217. Wide of U.S. Capitol buildingASSOCIATED PRESSWashington DC - 17 June 2021++SOUNDBITE PARTIALLY COVERED++8. SOUNDBITE (English) Mark Sherman, Associated Press, Supreme Court Reporter:"Today's decision was not a decision about the merits of the law or the lawsuit. It didn't say that the individual mandate is constitutional. It just said that the people who brought this lawsuit didn't have any right to do it. And so, in a sense, the court sidestepped the issue of the constitutionality of the now toothless individual mandate."ASSOCIATED PRESSARCHIVE: Washington DC - 1 May 20209. The phrase "Equal Justice Under Law" engraved on the facade of the Supreme Court building10. Various of marble figures on the Supreme Court buildingASSOCIATED PRESSWashington DC - 17 June 2021++SOUNDBITE PARTIALLY COVERED++11. SOUNDBITE (English) Mark Sherman, Associated Press, Supreme Court Reporter:"So any prediction that this, in fact, is the end of the road for lawsuits challenging the law may be premature. Although it should be said that the Biden administration and Democrats in Congress are working, they say, to strengthen, expand the law. So it's possible that that, any legislation that comes out of that will lead to a new round of legal challenges."ASSOCIATED PRESSARCHIVE: Washington DC - 1 May 202012. Close of Guardian statue at Supreme CourtSTORYLINE:The Supreme Court dismissed a major challenge to the Obama-era health care law on Thursday, turning aside an effort by Republican-led states to throw out the law that provides insurance coverage for millions of Americans.The justices, by a 7-2 vote, left the entire law intact in ruling that Texas, other GOP-led states, and two individuals had no right to bring their lawsuit in federal court. The Biden administration says 31 million people have health insurance because of the law popularly known as "Obamacare.""There was some hope among the opponents of Obamacare that this time would be different," said Mark Sherman, a Supreme Court Reporter for the Associated Press."Mainly because the court is more conservative now that there are three appointees of President Donald Trump on it," he added. "But two of those three, Justices Barrett and Kavanaugh, were in the majority today to rule that the challenge should be rejected and only Justice Neil Gorsuch was in dissent."The law's major provisions include protections for people with pre-existing health conditions, a range of no-cost preventive services, and the expansion of the Medicaid program that ensures lower-income people, including those who work in jobs that don't pay much or provide health insurance.Also left in place is the law's now-toothless requirement that people have health insurance or pay a penalty. Congress rendered that provision irrelevant in 2017 when it reduced the penalty to zero."The court said in view of that, no one is harmed and there's no right to bring that case in federal court," Sherman said.Because it dismissed the case for the plaintiff's lack of legal standing — the ability to sue — the court didn't actually rule on whether the individual mandate is unconstitutional now that there is no penalty for forgoing insurance. Lower courts had struck down the mandate, in rulings that were wiped away by the Supreme Court decision."In a sense, the court sidestepped the issue of the constitutionality of the now toothless individual mandate," Sherman said.This is the third major attack on the health care law at the Supreme Court, and it ended the way the first two did, with a majority of the court rebuffing efforts to gut the law or get rid of it altogether.But Sherman thinks it's too early to tell if this will be the 'end of the road' for future legal challenges to Obamacare."The Biden administration and Democrats in Congress are working, they say, to strengthen, expand the law," Sherman said. "So it's possible that any legislation that comes out of that will lead to a new round of legal challenges."===========================================================Clients are reminded: (i) to check the terms of their licence agreements for use of content outside news programming and that further advice and assistance can be obtained from the AP Archive on: Tel +44 (0) 20 7482 7482 Email: info@aparchive.com(ii) they should check with the applicable collecting society in their Territory regarding the clearance of any sound recording or performance included within the AP Television News service (iii) they have editorial responsibility for the use of all and any content included within the AP Television News service and for libel, privacy, compliance and third party rights applicable to their Territory. The Supreme Court dismissed a major challenge to the Obama-era health care law on Thursday, turning aside an effort by Republican-led states to throw out the law that provides insurance coverage for millions of Americans. (June 17) High court throws out third 'Obamacare' challenge