(A tragic day in America, God help us.–S.T.Lloyd)
The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday handed the Obama administration another victory in its fight to keep Obamacare alive, allowing that the words “established by the state” regarding exchanges and subsidies means established by the state or the federal government.
The Supreme Court’s 6-3 decision, authored by Chief Justice John Roberts, who wrote the opinion affirming Obamacare’s individual mandate three years ago, said tax credits are available to people who obtain coverage through the federally established exchange as well as to those who use state exchanges.
The case engaged a multitude of Obamacare’s rules, regulations and definitions.
The four people who brought the case live in Virginia, which refused to set up an exchange, meaning only the federal exchange is available to the state’s residents. The four did not want to purchase the coverage and read the language of the law to mean they would not receive the subsidies. Consequently, the cost of their health coverage would be more than 8 percent of their incomes, exempting them from the law.
But the government argued the IRS was correct in redefining the law and allowing subsidies to those who use the federal exchange, meaning the plaintiffs be forced to buy the coverage.