A federal appeals court dealt a huge blow to Obamacare on Tuesday, banning the federal exchange from providing subsidies to residents of the 36 states it serves.
A divided three-judge panel on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the text of the Affordable Care Act restricts the provision of premium tax credits to state-run exchanges. The two Republican appointees on the panel ruled against Obamacare while the one Democratic appointee ruled for the law.
“We conclude that appellants have the better of the argument: a federal Exchange is not an “Exchange established by the State,” and section 36B does not authorize the IRS to provide tax credits for insurance purchased on federal Exchanges,” Judge Thomas B. Griffith wrote for the court.
His ruling was joined in a concurring opinion by George H. W. Bush-appointed Judge A. Raymond Randolph.
So first the Republicans whined about the onerous burden of requiring states to stand up their own exchanges, and after the feds stepped in to provide platforms for the slacker states, they found this technicality to void the subsidies.
Honest to Christ, these bastards will do anything in their power to keep people from having access to decent healthcare. Will the general public finally wake up and see these pricks for the insurance-company bag men and craven political actors that they are? Probably not.
The ruling can be read at the link above.