In two major rulings today, the Supreme Court upheld two laws that are critical to pushing back against economic injustice in this country: the Fair Housing Act and the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).
In its 5-4 decision in Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. The Inclusive Communities Project, the Court upheld the Fair Housing Act, a Civil Rights era law prohibiting discrimination in housing, whether or not that discrimination is proven to be intentional. And, in a 6-3 decision in King v. Burwell, Secretary of Health and Human Services, the Court rejected a challenge to a critical provision of the Affordable Care Act allowing states with federally run health care marketplaces or “exchanges” to provide subsidies to help pay for health insurance. There are 34 states that have federally run exchanges that serve over 5 million people.
Transgender Law Center celebrates both of these decisions as victories for our communities, which face disproportionate rates of discrimination and economic injustice. If the Court had ruled the other way on the Affordable Care Act, many people would have lost health insurance coverage because they would not have been able to afford the cost without subsidies. And had the Court struck down the key provision in the Fair Housing Act, Americans would have lost the right to challenge certain forms of housing discrimination that impact people differently based on identity.