Challengers to Obamacare’s federal exchange subsidies ask for Supreme Court hearing

Philip Klein
The Washington Examiner

President Obama’s health care law is one step closer to making it back to the Supreme Court, as challengers on Thursday asked justices to review whether it was illegal for residents of 36 states to receive federal subsidies to help them purchase insurance — a matter that has divided lower courts.

At issue this time are the subsidies that the federal government provides for individuals purchasing insurance through Obamacare. Though the text of the law says the subsidies were to go to individuals obtaining insurance through an “exchange established by the state,” a rule released by the Internal Revenue Service subsequently instructed that subsidies would also apply to exchanges set up on behalf of states by the federal government.

Earlier this month, two federal appeals courts issued contradictory rulings on the whether this rule was legal…



The complete article is at The Washington Examiner.



Related:    #GruberGate: Tale of the Tapes

On at least seven occasions, Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber indicated states had to set up exchanges or subsidies would stop flowing, threatening the law’s effective existence.

This is a position he now ridicules and insists nobody ever believed.





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