The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that states can begin taking advantage of federal subsidies to expand Medicaid coverage for millions of low-income Americans, making the Affordable Care Act’s marketplaces the nation’s largest.
But as the court prepares to hear arguments in the case, the court also ruled that states that expanded Medicaid would need to make further modifications to their plans, which will likely make it harder for some to afford coverage.
As the justices weigh in, the White House is urging its members to push for a ruling that affirms the Affordable Health Care Act and makes it easier for Americans to obtain health insurance.
“If we are to protect our economy, we must make the ACA affordable, accessible, and accessible to all Americans,” the White White House said in a statement.
The ruling is a victory for conservatives who have argued that the law’s Medicaid expansion could drive up insurance costs and increase the uninsured rate, especially among lower-income individuals and people with pre-existing conditions.
But it also raises questions about the viability of states that opted out of the program.
“The Court is clearly on the side of states like Alaska, Hawaii, and the Virgin Islands that have decided not to expand the Medicaid expansion to all low-wage workers, who are already among the least able to afford health care coverage,” said Mark Krikorian, senior vice president at the conservative American Action Forum.
“While the Supreme