Skip to comments.Court Rulings Confirm That ObamaCare Is A Tangled Mess
Posted on 07/22/2014 4:31:16 PM PDT by jazusamo
ObamaCare: A federal court has appropriately endangered the health of the Affordable Care Act a "reform" that's turning out to be every bit the mess we feared.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit issued a ruling Tuesday morning that said the federal government cannot provide health insurance subsidies for residents in the 36 states that have not set up their own ObamaCare exchanges.
In Halbig v. Burwell, a three-judge panel declared 2-1, as it should have, that the law meant what it said when it plainly stated that subsidies were only available to those buying ObamaCare plans through "exchanges established by the state."
If the ruling holds, it means nearly 5 million are getting subsidies through the federal exchange illegally. Rather pay the exorbitant cost of an unsubsidized ObamaCare plan, many of these people most of them young and healthy will just abandon the insurance market and pay the penalty, which will in turn spark an insurance "death spiral."
What's more, the court's ruling would simultaneously gut the employer mandate in those 36 states, which would be welcome news to 57 million employees and 250,000 companies in those states, notes the Cato Institute's Michael Cannon, who has led the charge on this case.
The law, in short, would completely collapse if the D.C. court's ruling stands.
With no apologies to Vice President Joe Biden, this is a big deal.
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The donks are already saying that the words are immaterial. The clear intention of the law is that the freeloaders should get below cost insurance and the productive class should foot the bill.
Yep, socialism personified.
This may end up at the Supreme Court to decide. The 2-1 ruling will probably be overturned by the full court which is packed with Obama stooges. The 4th district court said the law was unclear and let the IRS decide. That leaves the 10th circuit (Oklahoma) and the 7th (Indiana) to come up with their own conclusion. I have not checked to see how many stooges the RAT pack has there so the outcome could still be good as far as I know.
The wording in this portion of Obamacare is very clear in this case. In fact, it eliminates any other interpretation.
The court decided it was a tangled mess. Gee the average informed non politician knew this way back in 2010. Duh the judicial branch is always the last ones to know.
Yep, I believe the DC Court of Appeals which was conservative has recently been infiltrated with 0bama’s leftists so I would guess if a request for the entire court to rule it will be overturned there, hopefully not though.
We should Chief Justus Roberts a pen and dare him to do it again. Maybe ten thousands pens. And then a dictionary so he spells everything right.
The court rulings weren’t necessary to prove the BS is a “mess”. DIMocRATs own this. Maybe if enough suffer enough, they will awaken. Maybe...
What bothers me is that one set of clown “judges” say the law was broken and another set of clown “judges” say the law wasn’t broken. Where the hell did these morons go to school? This “gray area” crap has got to stop.
Its an open and closed case: Only state exchanges will grant you subsidies. Period.
I’ve been following this topic for years. If you read the minutes from the House and Senate debates it is absolutely clear they wanted only the state exchanges to provide the subsidies because they were assuming the people would pressure reluctant governors to set up the exchanges. In effect, Obama wanted to use this issue as a battering ram to humiliate reluctant GOP governors.
Then reality set in....
The law never became popular. No pressure was put on the reluctant governors. So....Obama...guessing the politics horribly wrong.....does what he does which is to .....simply change the law (without congressional approval) so the Fed exchanges can provide the subsidies as well.
It’s a mess. It’s criminal. It’s exposing the corruption in our courts and media as they bend over backwards to give Obama a fig leaf. In short....it’s Barack Obama...community organizer...being a crappy President.
2.5 more years to go...heaven help all of us.
I couldn’t agree more with you both.
The legislature that voted for the bill, for the most part, admitted they didn’t read or know what was in the bill but passed it anyway on a straight party line vote.
Now the Judicial branch comes back and is parsing words to justify their interpretation of a bill passed by a Legislature that didn’t know what they passed.
What a cluster ****.