Supreme Court dismisses ‘Obamacare’ challenge and victory for religious groups

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has dismissed a third major challenge to “Obamacare,” preserving health insurance coverage for millions of Americans.

Though the court has become increasingly conservative with justices nominated by former President Donald Trump, it nonetheless left the entire law intact Thursday.

The court ruled 7-to-2 that Texas, other Republican-led states and two individuals had no right to bring their lawsuit in federal court.

The law’s major provisions include protections for people with preexisting health conditions, a range of no-cost preventive services and the expansion of the Medicaid program that ensures lower-income people, including those who work in jobs that don’t pay much or provide health insurance.

It’s another victory for religious groups at the Supreme Court.

The justices have unanimously sided with a Catholic foster care agency that says its religious views prevent it from working with same-sex couples.

The court says the city of Philadelphia wrongly limited its relationship with the Catholic Social Services as a result of the group’s policy.

The ruling is specific to the facts of the case, and the court has sidestepped bigger questions about how to balance religious freedom and anti-discrimination laws. Instead, the outcome has turned on the language in the city’s foster care contract.

Three conservative justices would have gone much further, and LGBTQ groups say they’re relieved that the decision was limited.

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