Clarence Thomas

Supreme Court upholds Obamacare subsidies

Supreme Court upholds Obamacare subsidies

The U.S. Supreme Court upheld a key element of the Affordable Care Act Thursday, ruling that people in states that never established state-based exchanges still qualify for subsidized health care under the law.

The decision protects subsidies for millions of Americans, including some 286,000 Virginians. It also brings a major measure of certainty to the health care industry. A loss for the Obama administration in the case would have pulled down an underpinning of health care reform and sucked hundreds of millions out of the insurance and health care industries.

The court's decision was 6-3. The argument, brought by four plaintiffs in Virginia, keyed on a section of law that...