Republicans Attack Health Subsides

Posted on February 9, 2015

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Republicans in Congress are urging the Supreme Court to strike down subsides for health insurance provided to millions of people in more than 30 states.

On the other hand, they are chiding the Obama administration because it has no plan to avert the hardship that could occur if Republicans win in court. This is being hypocritical as Republicans brought the case before the Supreme Court, and they control both the House and Senate. The court will hear the case the end of March with a decision in July.

In a legal brief, Congressional Republicans Cornyn, Hatch, Cruz and others urged the court to hold that subsidies provided to people in the federal insurance exchange are illegal. Such a ruling would blow a hole in the health care law, jeopardizing subsidies for more than eight million people in states where people use the federal exchange as is the case with Missouri.

Also, the House passed a bill this month to repeal the Affordable Care Act. The bill directed several House committees to draft “replacement legislation” within six months.

The House has voted over nine times to repeal the Affordable Care Act, but those bills failed to reach the Senate floor as Democrats were in control of that body during that time. However, President Obama has said he will veto any such bill repealing the Affordable Health Care Act.

The Obama administration believes that they will win in the subsidy court case.

Lawmakers from both parties said that repeal and replacement of the Affordable Health Care Act had become more difficult as more people gain coverage under the law and insurers found ways to profit from it.

Republicans and Democrats need to work together to improve the Affordable Health Care Act; however, that seems unlikely.

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