United States Supreme Court – KING V. BURWELL – March 4, 2015

Opinion: Patricia L Johnson

The United States Supreme Court will be hearing oral arguments today on the KING V. BURWELL case, docket number 14-114 [lower court docket number 14-1158]

Section 36B of the Internal Revenue Code (enacted as part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act”), authorized federal tax-credit subsidies for health insurance through an “Exchange established by the State under section 1311″ of the ACA.”

The question the Supreme Court will eventually rule on is “whether the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) may permissibly promulgate regulations to extend tax-credit subsidies to coverage purchased through Exchanges established by the federal government under section 1321 of the ACA.”

What happens in the event the Supreme Court rules against this provision?

The Republicans have tried more times than I care to count to dismantle the ACA, but the fact is they have nothing to offer to replace it so what happens to the millions in this country that need some sort of help paying for medical coverage? Perhaps you are one of the lucky members of our society who are in good health and fortunate not to need to seek medical treatment, so you’re not aware of the astronomical costs involved.

Unfortunately, there are all too many others in this county that do require health care and would not be able to obtain it without the assistance of the tax-credit subsidies, provided by the federal government, in those instances where individual states refused to open an Exchange.

If you would like a lesson in health care costs, take a look at the number of individuals in the United States that have been forced to file bankruptcy strictly due to medical expenses incurred.

© 2015 Patricia L Johnson

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2 Responses to United States Supreme Court – KING V. BURWELL – March 4, 2015

  1. Richard W. Walrath says:

    Do people think the sc makes decisions based on law? When the nine justices sit down to
    vote, it’s before they discuss the case. It’s a 5/4 decision in the making, no doubt. But which
    way?

    • I’m leaning towards a favorable decision for “Obamacare” because I think the Justices will rely on the ‘intent’ of the entire law, rather than what one short sentence says. So, time will tell. One thing is for certain, if it does go the other way and the Republicans don’t have anything in place to cover the 7 million plus that will be affected, they will wish they had before it’s all over and done with.

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