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    Supreme Court Finds Plaintiffs Lack Standing in Latest Challenge to the ACA

    Brad Cunningham, Sr. Regulatory Analyst, Graduate Medical Education

    The Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in California et. al v. Texas et al on June 17. In a 7-2 decision written by Justice Stephen Breyer, the Court held that the plaintiffs — the state of Texas, joined by other states and several individuals — lacked standing to challenge the constitutionality of the ACA’s individual mandate. That mandate required individuals to purchase insurance or face a penalty, but Congress eliminated the penalty in 2017. The Court found that the plaintiffs did not show that they were harmed by the penalty, a requirement for standing. Because standing is a threshold issue, the court did not reach the merits of the case of whether the mandate is constitutional.