The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments Tuesday on the latest legal challenge to the Affordable Care Act, the controversial health care policy that President-elect Joe Biden has pledged to strengthen once he assumes office.
The White House-backed challenge to the Obama-era health care law is the third challenge of its kind in 10 years. It is the first since conservatives cemented a 6-3 majority on the Supreme Court with Justice Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation.
Biden is scheduled to make public comments about the Affordable Care Act’s future on Tuesday afternoon. During a campaign stop in Milwaukee last October, the President-elect vowed to pursue an expansion of the policy and warned that President Trump would “eliminate” the ACA if he was reelected.
“Even if we win, he'd still be in the Supreme Court, in nine days or 10 days, asking the Supreme Court, with our new justice who was put on the court for the purpose of destroying the Affordable Care Act, to rip it out root and branch – eliminate it all,” Biden told supporters at the time. “If they get their way, 100 million Americans will lose their protection for pre-existing conditions – including 2.5 million Wisconsinites.”
The president has accused Biden and leading Democrats of pushing for “socialized medicine” that would cost many Americans their private health insurance – a charge Biden has denied.
Biden argued his plan would result in lower health care premiums, deductibles and drug prices for Americans. He supports a “public option,” where Americans can keep their private insurance or join a government plan.
“Donald Trump thinks health care is a privilege," Biden said at the Milwaukee rally. "I think it’s a right people should have. If we get out and vote, we’ll not only restore ObamaCare but we’ll strengthen it and build on it, so you can keep your private insurance or you can choose a Medicare-like option that will add to ObamaCare, which we wanted to do the first time but couldn’t get the votes.”
Biden’s health care plan would cost $750 billion over a 10-year period, according to his campaign’s estimates. Politifact recently determined Biden’s claim that no Americans would lose their private health insurance was “inaccurate.”
This story was originally published on Oct. 30. It was updated ahead of the Supreme Court hearing scheduled for Nov. 9.