Wednesday, March 26, 2014

A silly lawsuit concerning Obamacare and the tax credit

A group of business owners some time back challenged the way the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")  is being interpreted, saying that only those who buy health insurance through state exchanges should be eligible for income tax credits.  Their motive seems to be an indirect attack on the individual mandate and the employer mandate.
  
The Huffington Post reported on the debate on the bill in the federal circuit (the D.C. Court of Appeals) today, link here.

There is language “established by the states” that would seem to leave consumers in the 36 states without state-run exchanges possibly in the cold.
  
Yet a few weeks ago this case had been written off.

A DC district court had struck down Halbig v. Sebelius, link here. (opinion text here, Jan. 15, 2014. 



Update: March 27

To make a comment about the debate before the Supreme Court on religious exemptions to the provisions of Obamacare, I offer this letter (by John Shea) to the editor of the Washington Post, right out of Jonathan Swift and "A Modest Proposal", link here.  Payment in "soul script" reminds me of the IOU's from the debt ceiling debate. 

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