Two Courts Issue Conflicting Rulings
A federal appeals court has upheld the use of insurance subsidies in states that did not operate their own exchanges under the federal healthcare law, a decision that stands in direct opposition to one handed down by the D.C. appeals court earlier Tuesday.
At issue is the part of the law that reads that subsidies would be available to those "enrolled through an Exchange established by the State."
Citing the 1984
"Having examined the plain language and context of the most relevant statutory sections, the context and structure of related provisions, and the legislative history of the Act, we are unable to say definitively that
"We believe that this decision is incorrect, inconsistent with congressional intent, different from previous rulings, and at odds with the goal of the law,''
With two competing appeals court rulings, unless the full D.C. Circuit reverses its decision upon appeal, the case is almost certainly headed for the
About 5.4 million people enrolled in insurance plans on the federal exchange, and some 87 percent received subsides that reduce the cost of monthly premiums by potentially hundreds of dollars.
King v. Burwell
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