House Conservatives Hint They Might Agree To Extending Subsidies Temporarily
With the Supreme Court set to rule later this month on a challenge that could invalidate health insurance subsidies for millions of people, conservative Republicans are hinting they might support a short-term extension as part of a contingency plan. Other stories look at how the justices might weigh the loss of insurance to so many people.
GOP Open To Extending ObamaCare Subsidies
House conservatives are hinting at support for a temporary extension of Obama-Care subsidies if the Supreme Court cripples the law, even as they set up a working group to develop their own plan. The high court is set to rule later this month in the case of King v. Burwell, which could invalidate subsidies for millions of people in at least 34 states using the federally run marketplace. Republicans say they need to be ready to address people losing their coverage, but have yet to coalesce around a plan. (Sullivan, 6/4)
The Associated Press:
How Do Justices Weigh Loss Of Health Insurance For Millions?
The Supreme Court could wipe away health insurance for millions of Americans when it resolves the latest fight over President Barack Obama's health overhaul. But would the court take away a benefit from so many people? Should the justices even consider such consequences? By month's end, the court is expected to decide a challenge to the way subsidies, in the form of tax credits, are given to people who get their insurance through the Affordable Care Act. The legal issue is whether Congress authorized payments regardless of where people live, or only to residents of states that established their own insurance exchanges. (Sherman, 6/3)
Kaiser Health News:
KHN Video: Supreme Court’s Decision In King v. Burwell Could Affect Your Pocketbook
The Affordable Care Act is once again before the Supreme Court. This time it’s not about whether the government can force you to have health insurance or pay a penalty. It can. That is so “2012.” (6/4)