Supreme Court declines to hear new ObamaCare challenge

The Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to hear another challenge to ObamaCare. 

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This lawsuit, which was viewed as a long shot, claimed the law has violated the Constitution’s “Origination Clause,” which says that bills that raise revenue have to originate in the House. 

The conservatives who filed the suit argued that ObamaCare’s individual mandate counts as a revenue-raising measure, because it brings in money from people paying fines but that the bill had effectively originated in the Senate, not the House. 

A federal appeals court had rejected the challenge, though, ruling that the Origination Clause did not affect ObamaCare because it was primarily about expanding health coverage, not raising revenue. 

As is its custom, the Supreme Court gave no reasoning for deciding not to hear an appeal of this ruling, which would have required the votes of four justices. 

Rep. Trent FranksTrent FranksRyan treads carefully with Trump When Newt and Pence were on opposite sides House GOP defense policy bill conferees named MORE (R-Ariz.) and 39 other Republican lawmakers had filed a brief in support of the challenge, called Sissel v. Department of Health and Human Services. 

The Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of ObamaCare in 2012 and in 2015 upheld the law’s core subsidies against a challenge based on interpreting the text of the law. 

Still, the court is not done with ObamaCare. It will hear a case later this year brought by nuns challenging the law’s contraceptive mandate.