No matter how Republicans try to undermine Obamacare, they are losing in the courts. The Constitutional lawyer president knows his business.
This evening’s report from The Hill has it that efforts to block subsidies to poor people in 36 states failed. Recall that recent polls indicate that people believe Republicans are mean spirited and unsympathetic to the plight of poor people. This initiative is an example of that behavior.
When citizens have legitimate needs and necessities, government must address them.
When government is capacity restricted to attend to all of the nation’s needs, government must prioritize. That prioritization must be transparent. It is largely a guns or butter economic argument, and as it is, we spend way too much on guns.
Here is the report by Elise Viebeck. It is another good one.
“Judge rejects O-Care subsidies challenge
By Elise Viebeck
The decision deals a blow to critics of the Affordable Care Act, who saw the long-shot case as a final way to undercut the law after the Supreme Court largely upheld it in 2012.
If successful, plaintiffs in Halbig v. Sebelius would have blocked premium tax credits in 36 states where the federal government is running an ObamaCare marketplace.
The discounts are intended to help lower-income people who do not qualify for Medicaid pay for private health plans.
Dismissing the lawsuit Wednesday, U.S. District Court Judge Paul Friedman wrote that the subsidies should be available in all 50 states, regardless of whether they created their own ObamaCare exchanges.
"The plain text of the statute, the statutory structure, and the statutory purpose make clear that Congress intended to make premium tax credits available on both state-run and federally-facilitated Exchanges," Friedman wrote.
He added that there is "no evidence in the legislative record" that lawmakers intended to limit tax credits to people enrolled in state-based marketplaces.
Supporters of ObamaCare cheered the decision as a final defeat for lawsuits that would topple the law.
"We are thrilled with this outcome," Families USA Executive Director Ron Pollack said on a call with reporters.”