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The New Jersey Life Sciences Vendors Alliance (NJLSVA) is a coalition of businesses, individuals and academia who provide goods and services to New Jersey’s life sciences companies.

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U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Obamacare Subsidies for 6.4M People, Including 172K Jerseyans

Trenton, NJ, June 25, 2015 ― In an eagerly awaited decision that could have undermined the viability of the Affordable Care Act, the U.S. Supreme Court voted 6-3 to uphold the federal subsidies that enable 6.4 million people to buy health coverage, including 172,345 in New Jersey, reports Susan K. Livio in The Star-Ledger.

If the subsidies had not been upheld, it would not only have been bad news for the 172,345 people who bought cheaper policies using the federal subsidies.

There are also roughly 136,000 other people who bought their own coverage in a marketplace with rates based on the the larger pool, and they, too could have seen their premiums soar.

Consumer and health care organizations cheered the ruling, saying that the 172,000 New Jerseyans who receive subsidized health coverage can breathe a sigh of relief.

Chief Justice John Roberts wrote the majority opinion and was joined by Anthony Kennedy, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan.

Justice Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito dissented.

In his dissent, Scalia said the plain language of the law should have prevailed. The law says the subsidies are legal through online marketplaces established by the state.

“Words no longer have meaning if an exchange that is not established by a state is ‘established by the state,’ ” he wrote.

Gov. Chris Christie echoed Scalia’s dissent in a tweet.  “This decision turns common language on its head. Now leaders must turn our attention to making the case that ObamaCare must be replaced,” according to Christie’s tweet.

To read Livio’s complete story, click here.