A large crowd gathered outside the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday morning in anticipation of an announcement on two cases concerning same-sex marriage. Reporters and editors everywhere huddled over Twitter, Periscope and the SCOTUSblog live account of the day's proceedings, waiting for whatever news was about to be released.
Alas, the court has nothing new to say, yet, on the marriage issue. But the august tribunal did announce a decision in King v. Burwell that upholds the federal Affordable Care Act -- aka Obamacare -- by a 6-3 vote.
Many in the festive gathering broke into cheers, chanting, "The ACA is here to stay!" Also: "Young, old, rich, poor -- that's what ACA is for!"
Here's the news from KQED's State of Health blog: U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Subsidies in Obamacare Case.
The Washington Post summarizes the court's ruling:
The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a key provision of the Affordable Care Act and agreed with the Obama administration that government subsidies that make health insurance affordable for millions of Americans should be available to all.
The dissent, by Associate Justice Antonin Scalia, contained one memorable barb reflecting his frustration that the court has allowed the health care law to stand not once but twice: "We should start calling this law SCOTUScare."