Court agrees: health care is a right, not a privilege

A crowd reacts after the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that President Obama's health care law may provide nationwide tax subsidies to help poor and middle-class Americans buy health insurance. (Doug Mills/The New York Times)

The Affordable Care Act (aka Romneycare, Obamacare and perhaps SCOTUScare) is here to stay.

Millions of Americans (and even some Republicans politicians without an alternative for the "Obamacare" they've derided for five years) breathed a great sigh of relief Thursday when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 6-3 for the government in the King v. Burwell case.

The ruling upholds the ACA-authorized federal tax credits to help eligible Americans buy health insurance even if they live in the 34 Republican-controlled states - like Tennessee, Georgia and Alabama - that did not set up their own heath care market exchanges but instead opted out and required their eligible residents to shop for insurance on the federal exchanges.

President Barack Obama saw a centerpiece of his legacy affirmed, but more importantly about half of the 15 or 16 million people who gained health insurance under the law will not now suddenly lose that coverage.