Supreme Court to Decide Obamacare’s Intent
When Democrats passed the Affordable Care Act in 2010, they — and President Obama — were emphatic that it meant “health care for all.” But due to some cherry picking over a few sentences in the law some conservatives are arguing that the Affordable Care Act is really about “health care for some.”
And now it’s up to the Supreme Court to decide the difference.
The Supreme Court, which usually takes on cases of Constitutionality, this time is taking up what was Congress’ “intent” when they passed the landmark — yet controversial — legislation.
Wrote Ari Melber for MSNBC:
On Wednesday, the challengers in King v. Burwell must convince the Supreme Court that Obamacare is actually much smaller than everyone thought; that it restricts rather than expands national health care funding; and that the Democrats in Congress intended to essentially kneecap their new policy when they wrote this law.
That case is built on the argument that Democrats actually wrote the law to provide health care funding – through new subsidies – only for Americans living in states that created their own health care markets. Under this theory, all other Americans who want health care insurance get no subsidies. (“Health care for some.”)
The point of contention appears to be a sentence that Melber cites could be “a drafting error.” The sentence states that the law authorizes subsidies for health care markets “established by the state,” but doesn’t reference the “intended subsides for markets established by the federal government.”
While the case seems nit-picky, it did manage to make it to the Supreme Court and there will be real consequences if the justices rule to narrow the definition of the law, potentially disabling Obamacare and eliminating health care for millions who without the law would be left without insurance.
Learn more about what’s at state HERE.