The Supreme Court will decide the fate of Obamacare yet again. This new case challenges the key issue of subsidies used to assist in purchasing insurance in the exchanges. This decision to hear the King v. Burwell case has surprised analysts who thought the Court would wait until the lower courts were finished litigating the same issue. Only 14 states run their own exchanges, with the remainder of states having the federal government run them. The wording in Obamacare says that subsidies are to help purchase insurance only in “exchanges established by the state”. Some claim lawmakers had intended that subsidies be available for all exchanges, state-run or not. A decision to end subsidies in federally-run exchanges could make ACA-mandated insurance unaffordable to millions. The statute has several deadlines and timelines which could become harder to work with the longer the litigation continues. The plaintiffs’ wish to defend their right not to be taxed without the authorization of Congress. It is important to eliminate any uncertainty currently affecting the states, employers, insurers, and taxpayers. This decision applies only to policies purchased on the exchanges, and does not affect employer-based insurance plans or Medicare/Medicaid.
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Carey, Mary Agnes. “Consumer Guide To The Supreme Court’s Action On ACA Subsidy Issue.” News. Kaiser Health News, 7 Nov 2014. Web. 13 Nov 2014.