The Cato Institute has filed an amicus brief in support of King, (in the King v. Burwell case) which will be argued on March 4. Read here from Cato Chairman Bob Levy why President Obama’s intent to rewrite the statute is an abuse of executive power.
The Affordable Care Act authorizes the federal government to set up an exchange for the purchase of health insurance if a state decides not to; but the statute says that subsidies to consumers are available only on exchanges “established by the state.” That excludes federal exchanges. The implications are enormous: Without subsidies to nearly 5 million Americans buying policies on federal exchanges in three-dozen states, a core feature of Obamacare becomes dysfunctional.
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