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The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act for the third time on June 17, 2021, this time in the case California v. Texas. With seven justices holding that the states and individual plaintiffs lacked standing to sue because they failed to show that they had suffered a direct injury, the court delivered its strongest defense of the law to date. The key parts of the previous decisions had been 5–4 and 6–3, respectively.

Zack Buck, professor of law at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, explains how the result was not unpredicted. Read the full article on The Conversation.

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