Skip to comments.Federal judge set to rule on Obamacare subsidies quandary
Posted on 10/22/2013 12:35:38 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
A federal judge will decide Tuesday on a case that could blow a major hole through the Obamacare exchanges when he rules on whether the government can dole out tax credits to Americans whose states declined to run their own Affordable Care Act insurance markets.
U.S. District Court Judge Paul L. Friedman heard oral arguments Monday and said he would rule Tuesday morning on the challenge by seven plaintiffs, who want an injunction from the rule that extends credits to all of the exchanges. He will also rule on the governments attempt to kill the lawsuit.
The 2010 law says the tax credits go to help Americans enrolled in exchanges established by the state. But about three dozen states declined to create their own exchanges, leaving it to the federal government to step in and opening up the question of whether residents in those states can still get the subsidies.
They are asking you to interpret north to mean south, the plaintiffs attorney, Michael A. Carvin, told Judge Friedman.
Justice Department lawyer Joel L. McElvain argued that Congress did not want to favor some states over others through the health care law. Instead, he said the Department of Health and Human Services was poised to stand in the shoes of those states that decided to let the federal government run their insurance portals.
The case takes a nuanced look at legislative intent, but the stakes could not be broader for Mr. Obamas signature domestic achievement.
Yanking away subsidies from about three dozen states that decided not to set up exchanges on their own would make joining the markets less attractive. Coming on the heels of serious glitches on the exchanges online portals, such a ruling would be another dent.
Attorneys from both sidesand even Judge Friedman himselfsaid the case is likely to climb the judicial ladder.......
(Excerpt) Read more at washingtontimes.com ...
Pretty high odds that this will go negative against the President. Tax credits for some, but not for all....will be pointed out. If they toss these....I see the system in significant disarray. It’ll be hard to view things moving ahead in a positive way and the system staying intact....but maybe that was the original intent of creating a failed system....and opening the door at the last minute for a one-payer-type system as the UK has. If you wanted a bigger epic failure of a medical system....simply adapt the UK system and watch for three years. American society would go nuts over such a system.
Judicial Glitches, only one of many to come.
Obama and Holder will ignore any adverse judicial decision. Chief Injustice Roberts will perform a Lewinsky if the case makes it to the Supremes years from now.
I like the snowball’s chance, compared to the odds of Obamacare losing in the courts.
Speaking of “snow ball”:
[from the article]
“.....The mandate requires companies with 50 or more employees to offer insurance or pay fines, which kick in when at least one employee takes advantage of tax credits on the exchanges.....”
And all because the GOP has snow balls:)
Is there a 1-800 number for that as well...?
I don't think they can top the 1-800-FU Obamacare number!
I agree with you, if only we were still in a sane world. Lately, everything that is up, is now down, and black is white. Nobody challenges the King. (think “Justice” Roberts)
“...but maybe that was the original intent of creating a failed system....and opening the door at the last minute for a one-payer-type system as the UK has. If you wanted a bigger epic failure of a medical system....simply adapt the UK system and watch for three years.”
If the plan for single payer was to have Obamacare fail, the Dems are more stupid than we thought: they’ll never get single payer with a divided Congress, and there is no sign that Republicans will lose the House in a year.
For the Dems that strategy is a lose-lose that will cost them the White House in 2016.
If this is Obama's greatest achievement, I'd hate to see his failures...
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How real is the mandatory vaccines in 0’care? Lot of people allergic to flu shots. Me included.
Roberts will probably just rewrite the law again, since he is now the clean up boy for the Satanic beast in the White House.
I never bought in to the whole flu shot thing. Maybe if you get the flu a lot it’s worth it, but the only time I got the flu was when I had already gotten a flu shot and I almost died.
Aside from getting a flu shot during my four years in the Navy, i have never gotten a yearly flu shot. 47 y.o. and never had the flu.
Breaking: Per FOX reporter; Judge makes ruling refusing to dismiss the case.