[Ed. – Assuming Biden resumes enforcing the mandates Trump suspended enforcement of, the U.S. economy is going to take a big hit. This is a major setback for the nation. Glimmer of hope for the future: the basis of the challenge — that the states bringing suit had been harmed by the law — is what the court didn’t buy. A better-based challenge may still get a better ruling.]
The Supreme Court ruled 7-2 on Thursday against Texas and other Republican-led states seeking to strike down Obamacare in the law’s latest test before the nation’s highest court.
The court reversed an appeals court ruling that had struck down the law’s individual mandate provision. Chief Justice John Roberts and fellow conservative Justices Clarence Thomas, Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett joined Justice Stephen Breyer’s opinion, as did Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan.
Breyer said Texas and the other states that challenged the law failed to show they were harmed by it.
“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.