BREAKING! Court Just Issued Obamacare a CRUSHING Blow
July 22, 2014 By Matthew Burke
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In what many view as a crushing blow to Obamacare, the federal appeals court for the D.C. Circuit announced their highly anticipated opinion in the Halbig v. Burwell case Tuesday morning.
In a 2-1 decision, the court struck down federal government subsidies for healthcare policies purchased through the federal government’s Obamacare exchange, the troubled HealthCare.gov .
The way the law was originally written, federal government subsidies can only be paid to those who purchase policies through a state-established healthcare exchange.
“Section 36B [of Obamacare] plainly makes subsidies available in the Exchanges established by states,” wrote Senior Circuit Judge Raymond Randolph in his majority opinion.
Judge Griffith had the same conclusion, writing,“the ACA [Obamacare] unambiguously restricts the section 36B subsidy to insurance purchased on Exchanges ‘established by the State.’”
Taxpayer-funded subsidies are a major component of Obamacare, and if the decision is not overturned, it will basically defang the overreaching monstrosity. Healthcare.gov offers policies to the 36 states that chose not to create their own Obamacare health insurance exchange.
The lone dissenting vote was cast by Judge Harry Edwards, who disregarded the way the law was written and made a politically charged statement, calling the case “a not-so-veiled attempt to gut” Obamacare.
The Obama regime has already indicated that it will challenge the decision, as CNBC reports:
White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the ruling—for now—”does not have any practical impact” on premium subsidies issued to HealthCare.gov enrollees now.“
“We are confident” that the ruling will be overturned, Earnest said.“We are confident in the legal position we have ... the Department of Justice will litigate these claims through the federal court system.”
Earnest said “it was obvious” that Congress intended subsidies, or tax credits, to be issued to Obamacare enrollees regardless of what kind of exchange they used to buy insurance.
The law clearly says that states are to set up the exchanges in order to receive funds as a way they thought to force all states to comply.
But 34 states opted not to, and the federal government took over in those states. The court ruled that federal government may not pay subsidies for insurance plans in those states according to the law that Obama clearly wanted until it didn't work.