The Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday on whether to strike down the Affordable Care Act in the middle of the worst pandemic in over a century. The Trump administration backed the case, which was filed by a group of 18 Republican-led states, led by Texas. The states argued the ACA’s individual mandate is unconstitutional and should be struck down, and that the rest of Obamacare should fall with it. But the response from the justices suggests a majority of the conservative court does not agree. This is Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
Justice Brett Kavanaugh: “It does seem fairly clear that the proper remedy would be to sever the mandate provision and leave the rest of the act in place — the provisions regarding preexisting conditions and the rest.”