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Appeals court strikes
major blow to Obamacare

Chicago Sun Times, by Staff

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Posted By:Scottyboy, 7/22/2014 10:40:22 AM

A federal appeals court has struck a major blow to Obamacare, ruling that premium subsidies are invalid in more than two dozen states. The Hill reports the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in Halbig v. Burwell that the IRS cannot distribute premium subsidies in the federal Affordable Care Act exchanges, which means consumers have to bear the full cost of insurance. The government is expected to appeal the 2-1 ruling to the full D.C. Circuit, but either way, the case appears to be headed to the Supreme Court.

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I wonder what Barry´s teleprompter will have to say about this.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: bpl40, 7/22/2014 10:46:24 AM     (No. 9935209)

4-4-1. It lands squarely in the lap of CJ Roberts once more. This is his chance to redeem himself.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: chicodon, 7/22/2014 10:59:09 AM     (No. 9935242)

OK, Obama will drop his golf clubs and fist full of cash and go back to DC to strike a deal with Republicans to fix it. Or then again not.

Even though anyone who is familiar with the law knew this was coming, President Clouseau will feign surprised outrage. Tee-hee.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: jeffkinnh, 7/22/2014 11:37:07 AM     (No. 9935325)

If this stands it will completely unravel BOCare because no one can afford the Cadillac plans that the law mandates without subsidies. No one can claim this was a simple language slip. It is repeated multiple times. Further, it is know it was deliberately structured this way to appease Senators that wanted this to be a state run program. Subsidies for federal exchanges could only be supported if you ignore the clear language AND INTENT of the law.

It´s actually funny. The liberals overreached. It wasn´t enough to get universal health care. They also wanted to jam in all their favorite add-ons, like no blocks on pre existing conditions. That made it not insurance, which tries to balance risks, but more into a government plan organized under a private umbrella. It also made it prohibitively expensive (like all government stuff). They then had to add in subsidies to make it "affordable". It´s a Rube Goldberg system and will fail like such systems must.

They could have kept it simple and allowed for less points of failure and legal challenge but they were too stupid and arrogant to do that.

Good for us!

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Jethro bo, 7/22/2014 12:37:45 PM     (No. 9935433)

In a perverse way, this court told the lower court judge to stop legislating from the bench and actually apply the law as written.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: goodguyrick, 7/22/2014 2:19:34 PM     (No. 9935542)

I wonder if Obama has turned the news on to discover the Appeals court struck a major blow to Obamacare like the rest of us.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: LadyVet, 7/22/2014 2:51:28 PM     (No. 9935580)

This is a small victory at this point. The case was heard by 3 judges. Now the DOJ will get the entire 11 judge court to hear the case. There is a majority of Democrat-appointed judges. If the entire DC court sides with the VA court, the Supreme Court may side-step the issue and refuse to hear the case since there would not be opposite decisions by the appellate courts. We might need the State of Texas to file a case with their circuit court so as to produce a conflicting decision that would need to be decided by the SCOTUS. We´ve got at least another year to go before this is resolved. Obama may be out of office by that time. Or the GOPe may cave and let Harry Reid slip through an amendment on some huge appropriation bill that won´t be stopped without shutting down the government. And we already know who the press will blame for that.

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