What RBG’s Death Means for the ACA

As the US mourns the loss of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, “a legal, cultural and feminist icon” who died Friday at age 87, attention is already turning to what this could mean for the Affordable Care Act.

Oral arguments in the latest case aiming to scrap the 2010 US health reform legislation are scheduled for a week after an election day where health care promises to be front and center, NPR reports. Ginsburg would have been counted on to vote to uphold the ACA—the court’s remaining 3 liberal judges would now need to sway 2 more justices instead of 1, The Washington Post reports.

Ginsburg’s dying wish was for her seat to remain vacant until after the election, NBC reports.

But if President Trump succeeds in filling her seat before then, the latest Supreme Court case against the law—once viewed as a long-shot suit—has a much better chance at succeeding. That would leave the health coverage of 20 million people hanging in the balance, Axios reports.

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