President-elect Joe Biden will deliver remarks on the Affordable Care Act Tuesday afternoon as the US Supreme Court is set to begin hearing arguments on attempts to overturn President Barack Obama’s signature health care initiative.
The event will take place around 2 p.m. ET in Wilmington, Delaware, and Vice-President elect Kamala Harris will join Biden.
Some context: Tuesday's case, California v. Texas, centers on the consequences of Congress' action in 2017 zeroing out the tax penalty for Americans who failed to obtain minimum insurance coverage. That individual mandate was intended to encourage more people, especially young, healthy individuals, to buy insurance and spread out the costs of care.
The ACA was upheld by the US Supreme Court in 2012 when it was broadly challenged as a violation of Congress' power to regulate commerce. Chief Justice John Roberts cast the crucial fifth vote to uphold it, saying the individual insurance requirement as part of Congress' taxing authority.
Now that the penalty was taken out, the new arguments are being brought by a group of Republican attorneys general, led by Texas and backed by the Trump administration.