Current happenings of interest
Obamacare, aka "Affordable Care Act"
- Supreme Court will hear new case challenging Obamacare
Opponents mounted the challenges based on the specific language of the law, which
states that subsidies, offered in the form of tax credits, will be offered in
exchanges "established by the state." They contend that nullifies the subsidies
offered since the program began in 36 states that did not set up their own
exchanges, relying instead on the federal exchange - a form of online marketplace.
- Halbig v. Sebelius - Court Challenges to Subsidies Threaten Obamacare
The plaintiffs in the little-known case, Halbig v. Sebelius, allege
that these subsidies were illegal because Obamacare only
permitted tax credits to be given to people who had
bought insurance from the 14 individual states with
their own exchanges, as well as the District of
Colombia, not federal exchanges.
- Federal judge in Virginia rejects challenge to Obamacare's subsidy
A federal judge in Virginia has thrown out a lawsuit, which mirrors
one under appeal in the District, that claims Obamacare subsidies
should only flow to residents who live in a state that decided to run
its own insurance market under the law.