By MARK SHERMAN
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court has upheld the nationwide tax subsidies under President Obama's health care overhaul, in a ruling that preserves health insurance for millions of Americans.
The justices said in a 6-3 ruling Thursday that the subsidies that 8.7 million people currently receive to make insurance affordable do not depend on where they live, under the 2010 health care law.
The outcome is the second major victory for Obama in politically charged Supreme Court tests of his most significant domestic achievement.
Chief Justice John Roberts again voted with his liberal colleagues in support of the law. Roberts also was the key vote to uphold the law in 2012.
Justice Anthony Kennedy also voted with his more liberal colleagues.
Supreme Court upholds key tool for fighting housing bias
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court has upheld a key enforcement tool used by the Obama administration and civil rights groups to fight housing bias.
The justices ruled Thursday that federal housing laws can prohibit seemingly neutral practices that harm minorities even without proof of intentional discrimination.
The ruling is a major victory for fair housing advocates who say that even race-neutral policies can have a negative impact on minority groups. The Justice Department has used so-called "disparate impact" lawsuits to win more than $500 million in settlements from companies accused of bias against black and Hispanic customers.
The case involves an appeal from Texas officials accused of accused of violating the Fair Housing Act by awarding federal tax credits in a way that kept low-income housing out of white neighborhoods.
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