Thursday, June 25, 2015

King v. Burwell: The People, Not the Judges, Will Decide Obamacare

With a 6-3 decision, The Supreme Court upheld King v. Burwell, the lawsuit asserting tax credits paid to health insurers in at least 34 states using the federal health insurance exchanges are illegal.

The majority admits the law is sloppy. Nevertheless, relying on the so-called Chevron doctrine, the Supreme Court decided the administration is free to continue to spend billions of taxpayers’ dollars in tax credits that are not clearly authorized in the statute. This is a dangerous notion. When the president and Congress have the same policy objective, it encourages them to write a law as ambiguously as possible, so that the President can bend the law this way and that way without interference.

Read the entire entry at NCPA's Health Policy Blog.

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