Supreme Court rules in favor of Obamacare and Fair Housing

Washington DC, June 25, 2015 — Today, the U.S. Supreme Court issued two important rulings regarding Obamacare and the Fair Housing Act. Both rulings are being welcomed by the National LGBTQ Task Force.

“Today’s rulings are crucial victories for health care and fair housing,” said Rea Carey, Executive Director of the National LGBTQ Task Force.
“In a 6-3 decision on King v. Burwell, the Court ruled in favor of the government, holding that the correct reading of the Affordable Care Act makes tax credits available to individuals, regardless of whether they are enrolled in a state-established or federally-established exchange. The Affordable Care Act is absolutely critical in providing access to affordable quality health care. Greater access can help us address the significant health disparities in the LGBTQ community.”

In the case of Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. The Inclusive Communities Project, Inc., the Court in a 5-4 decision ruled in favor of the Inclusive Communities Project and affirmed the use of disparate impact claims as a valid tool for addressing housing discrimination under the Fair Housing Act.

“The Court’s ruling will not only continue to protect millions of Americans, but it also upholds the important principle that, as a nation, we value the diversity of the communities in which we live, especially at a key moment for racial justice in America. Now that the Court has reaffirmed this vital principle, it’s time to fully implement it throughout the nation. We look forward to working with HUD and other policymakers to banish racial and other housing discrimination practices and collectively build a nation of affordable, safe and welcoming neighborhoods for all,” Carey said.

Jorge Amaro
Media and Public Relations Director