aca rate hikes if suit is successful

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    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/jul/17/5m-americans-premium-spikes-obamacare-challenge/

    A Washington-based consultancy estimated Thursday that 5 million Americans would see their health premiums spike if the courts rule in favor of a lawsuit that seeks to cut off Obamacare subsidies to about two-thirds of the states.

    Consumers who purchased health plans on an insurance exchange run by the federal government would see an average premium increase of 76 percent if the plaintiffs prevail over the Obama administration, according to Avalere Health.

    The suit, Halbig v. Burwell, argues the Affordable Care Act explicitly reserved subsidies for people who purchased a plan on an exchange “established by the State.” In real terms, that would mean the 15 exchanges set up and run by 14 states and the District.
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    This case is going to SCOTUS one way or the other. There has been a lot of reporting on it, but the best one I have seen stated that Roberts would be the deciding vote. It said that the four left leaning justices would say that the statute allows for interpretation, while four of the five right leaning justices would say that the statute should be interpreted strictly (based on historic rulings for each side). Chief Justice Roberts would be the deciding vote and would have to decide between reading the letter of the law over the executive branch's interpretation of the law. Roberts could say that this needs to be settled by Congress and find for the plaintiff, which the author seemed to think he might, or work to find a more inventive solution and find a way to rule that the statutes' wording.

    Either way, this one is not going to be decide for good until next June.

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