Later this week, the Supreme Court will hear arguments in King v. Burwell, the results of which could affect the future of Obamacare. This case addresses if consumers who buy health insurance at HealthCare.gov are eligible to receive tax credits under the law. Obamacare authorizes subsidies for those who purchase insurance through state exchanges, and only 14 states are operating their own exchanges. The expense of creating an exchange is not worth the trouble when the end result is the same as if buying at the federal website. Since so many states decided not to run their own exchanges, the IRS extended subsidies to those who purchase online, which violates the legislation’s plain language. “What the statute says is what matters,” says Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah. He is coming up with a short-term solution to help the people who will be hurt by losing their subsidies. Nearly 5.5 million Americans will receive subsidies this year, so the number of uninsured could increase if the Supreme Court rules against the Obama administration. Sen. Hatch wants to remove the federal government from the business of medicine and let patients be in charge of their health care decisions.
Quinn, Melissa. “As Supreme Court Prepares to Hear New Obamacare Case, One Senator Is Preparing a Plan B.” Health Care News. The Daily Signal, 23 Feb 2015. Web. 1 Mar 2015.