How Court Rulings Complicate Matters in Obamacare

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Published on November 1, 2014

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The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has met with further hurdles as a DC Court of Appeals rules against the scope of its subsidies.

1. MOS Legal Transcription Service 1­800­670­2809 How Court Rulings Complicate Matters in Obamacare Sometimes, court rulings could cause confusion regarding federal regulation. However the confusion could result in further rulings that could clarify the scope and intended purpose of the law. The verdicts by the two appeals courts in the US have caused confusion among people regarding the Affordable Care Act (ACA), commonly called Obamacare. The topic of the confusion revolves around the availability of subsidies for purchasing coverage under the healthcare law. Ruling Clearly Opposing Obamacare Let’s start with the Obamacare-opposing ruling. The District of Columbia Circuit US Court of Appeals has ruled that the ACA’s subsidies can be made available only to the citizens of DC (District of Columbia) and the 14 states that run their individual health insurance exchanges, though the federal government actually runs its exchanges in the country’s 36 states. The 2-1 decision caused the judge to conclude that the ACA presents an unambiguous restriction to the subsidies available for exchanges run by the federal government.

2. MOS Legal Transcription Service 1­800­670­2809 Contrary to this verdict, the Richmond, Virginia Fourth Court of Appeals, in a ruling by a panel of three judges, maintained that the subsidies of Obamacare must be made available to people of all states. So, what’s the right interpretation? Not the Final Say The District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals verdict is certainly not the final word in this matter. If that were the case, it would be quite an adverse situation for many Americans who get their health insurance on federal insurance exchanges, and there are a lot of people who benefit from that. The other ruling clarified that the earlier court approached the matter wrongly, misunderstanding the structure, purpose and the very text of the ACA. The dissenting judge in the negative ruling case can be termed to have made an attempt to avert the scope of the ACA. It must be remembered that Congress members behind the enactment of the ACA expressed to both the courts in a brief that the statute’s purpose is to achieve universal coverage, which is why the Internal Revenue Service offers tax credits functioning as low subsidies. It enables even middle income Americans pay for healthcare. Decision to be Reviewed The DC Circuit has been asked by the Justice Department to review its decision, which is most likely set to reverse it. The case would then be heard by all the 11 judges of the DC Appeals Court, and the judges are mostly those appointed by Democrats. The case would also reach the

3. MOS Legal Transcription Service 1­800­670­2809 Supreme Court for consideration. However, till that final legal decision is made, experts believe there would be no changes in subsidies currently in place. The White House also reiterated that the intention of the Congress was for every eligible citizen of America to be able to benefit from tax credits which would help reduce their healthcare costs whether federal or state officials run the insurance marketplace. Study Shows Obamacare Benefits Supporters of Obamacare would quote the study conducted by Harvard University and the federal government which states that around 10.3 million American citizens have acquired health coverage in 2014 thanks to the ACA. The study also revealed an over 5% decrease nationally in the number of adults who were uninsured. These aren’t the only rulings causing issues. There are two other Obamacare provisions-related lawsuits pending in the states of Indiana and Oklahoma. But these should not keep you from buying health insurance since the mandate requiring most American citizens to get themselves insurance still remains. Failure to secure insurance would result in payment of a fine.

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