Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Unhealthy Sign Federal Courts Differ on Aca Insurance Premiums

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Unhealthy Sign Federal Courts Differ on Aca Insurance Premiums

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Just when Americans thought it was safe to go outside without hearing that the Affordable Care Act was being threatened, two federal appeals courts handed down sharply differing opinions last week on a point of law that may succeed in dooming the legislation where Republicans in Congress have repeatedly failed.

The central point of contention is whether the Internal Revenue Service is permitted under the law to allow subsidies for insurance premiums to people living in the 36 states that use the federal insurance exchange rather than one of their own. Pennsylvania is one of those states, thanks to the Corbett administration, which has resisted the law since its inception.

On Tuesday, a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled 2-1 that the IRS could not authorize payments of premium subsidies in states that use the federal exchange. It said the health care law "plainly makes subsidies available only on exchanges available by states. …

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