High Court to consider challenge in health care overhaul fight

06/03/2015 // JusticeNewsFlash // (press release)

Washington – The Supreme Court is set to consider a challenge to the way subsidies are granted to individuals who receive their health insurance through the Affordable Care Act. The Associated Press reports that the High Court’s decision could lead to the end of coverage for millions of Americans. The issue at hand is whether payments were authorized by Congress regardless of whether individuals live, or only in states that have set up their own insurance exchanges.
?More than two-thirds of states did not establish their own exchanges, therefore the decision could impact as many as 9 million people who enrolled on the federal healthcare.gov website when they signed up to receive insurance.

Ronald Cass, the former dean of the Boston University law school asserts that in making the decision the court should consider what has been written into law as opposed to what Congress may have intended.

Cass states, “When the court is interpreting a text like it's doing in this case, then it really is not in the business of looking at consequences…If you have a result that seems to be a bad one, that's for the political branches to say, not for the court to say.”

A decision is expected by the end of the month.

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