The judges said the challengers of the 2010 law did not have the legal right to bring the case.
The court ruling comes as President Joe Biden – a strong supporter of the law that was passed while he was Vice President to President Barack Obama – has expressed strong support for the law.
The judges noted that the provisions they are challenging do no harm to opponents, as Congress reduced the penalty for not purchasing health insurance to zero.
“For these reasons, we conclude that the plaintiffs in this lawsuit have failed to demonstrate concrete and particular harm attributable to the defendants’ conduct in applying the specific legislative provision they are attacking as unconstitutional,” wrote Breyer. “They have failed to show that they have standing to attack the law’s minimum essential cover provision as unconstitutional.”
The ruling means the judges won’t rule on the merits of the lawsuit, which was the third time they’ve been asked to consider a major challenge to the law, but instead, they will authorize the law.
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