The U.S. Supreme Court on a 6-3 vote has upheld the constitutionality of government subsidies to aid consumers in buying healthcare coverage on federal and state health insurance exchanges in what appears to be a sweeping victory for the Obama administration.
Conservative justices Anthony Kennedy and Chief Justice John Roberts sided with liberal justices in the ruling. Opponents of the Affordable Care Act argued that four words in the law permitted subsidies only in states that established an exchange, which would leave out 34 states that did not.
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