Challenger Of Health Law Subsidies Is Confident, Says He Has VA Health Care
The New York Times reports that David M. King, the plaintiff in the case before the Supreme Court that will decide the fate of the Affordable Care Act, is confident he will prevail. Other stories analyze the legal arguments and the decision's potential impact on millions of Americans.
The New York Times:
Top Plaintiff In Health Subsidies Case Awaits Edict Unperturbed
Millions of people are waiting anxiously for the Supreme Court to decide the fate of President Obama’s health care law with a ruling this month on health insurance subsidies. But David M. King, a plaintiff in the case, is not among them. Mr. King, 64, said recently that he was reasonably confident he would prevail in his challenge to the subsidies, a central element of the Affordable Care Act. ... But Mr. King said that he was not really worried about the outcome of the case, King v. Burwell, because as a Vietnam veteran, he has access to medical care through the Department of Veterans Affairs. (Pear, 6/17)
How The Supreme Court Could Send Obamacare Into A 'Death Spiral'
It is D-Day once again for Obamacare, the President's hard-won health law, which stands again before the Supreme Court. Opponents are asking the Supreme Court to determine a critical question: does the text of the law authorize tax subsidies for 6.4 million Americans who have already received help to afford health coverage? As the justices work toward a self-imposed June deadline, they will seek to answer that question, knowing that if they side with the challengers the ruling could severely destabilize the structure of the entire law. (de Vogue, 6/18)
Los Angeles Times:
Legal Arguments That Could Sway Supreme Court On Affordable Care Act
The Supreme Court will decide a seemingly simple question this month in the latest challenge to the Affordable Care Act: Does the law limit subsidies for low- and moderate-income consumers to insurance purchased through an exchange “established by the state.” The phrase at issue is found in a section of the law that outlines how subsidies should be calculated. It has taken on enormous importance because only 13 states and the District of Columbia operate their own exchange, or marketplace. Three more states established marketplaces, but rely on the federal HealthCare.gov online market. The remaining 34 states declined to establish a marketplace, leaving the job to the federal government, an option provided by the law. (Savage and Levey, 6/17)
How Will The Healthcare Subsidies Decision Affect Everyday Americans?
Before the month is out, the Supreme Court is expected to issue a decision that could determine the fate of much of the Affordable Care Act, often referred to as Obamacare. That case, King vs. Burwell, will determine whether subsidies the government provides to purchase health insurance are legal. Nearly three dozen states use the federal exchange, and the case is whether subsidies used in those states are valid. (6/17)