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Obamacare Stakes Rise at Supreme Court as Election Dooms Easy Fix

  • Trump administration seeks to topple long-opposed health law
  • Prospect of divided government may leave court with last word
Barrett Enters Fray Of Trump's Acrimonious Legal Battles
Photographer: Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg

Democrats’ failure to secure a Senate majority in last week’s election has heightened the importance of Tuesday’s Supreme Court showdown over the Affordable Care Act, increasing the chances the court will get the final word on a law that provides health insurance to 20 million people.

President Donald Trump’s administration is joining Republican-led states in challenging the law, known as Obamacare, which the GOP has been trying to wipe out since it was enacted in 2010. They’re banking on the court’s strengthened conservative majority with new Justice Amy Coney Barrett.