Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Game Changer [UPDATED]

U.S. Court of appeals delivers body blow to Obamacare handouts. 

In a case with potential to scramble the Affordable Care Act, the U.S. Court of Appeals ruled that federal subsidies for health insurance were not properly designed.
If upheld by the Supreme Court, the ruling could limit subsidies on the federal healthcare.gov exchange currently used by 36 states. (Click link to see ruling)
Washington Examiner

From HGS: This is, in fact, VERY big, and we'll have more on this as the day progresses

CAVEAT: While this is, indeed, good news, it's not a "done deal:" this was a small panel of  three judges on the DC District Cout of Appeals, and the Obamastration has already indicated that it will "seek en banc review by the full D.C. Circuit." That court is made up of many Obama appointees, so don't hold your breath for a positive outcome.

More later....

Later ............
The government will immediately seek review of the court’s decision and in the meantime nothing has changed for people getting premium tax credits, Justice Department spokeswoman Emily Pierce said. A White House official said the U.S. will seek a review by the full appeals court, where seven of the 11 judges were nominated by Democratic presidents, including four by Obama. 
Where 7 of the 11 were Dimocrat appointees. 
Of course never assume there is any kind of political motivation .............
But then there is this.
President Obama’s old Harvard Law professor, Laurence Tribe, said that he “wouldn’t bet the family farm” on Obamacare’s surviving the legal challenges to an IRS rule about who is eligible for subsidies that are currently working their way through the federal courts.
National Review
Farmer Obama may still lose the family jewels if Prof. Tribe is correct.
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