Striking Down ObamaCare Subsidies in Some States Would End Individual, Employer Mandates
There are many ways to skin a cat, the saying goes, and there may be more than one way to frame the Supreme Court striking down the IRS’ lawless extension of ObamaCare subsidies to an estimated 5 to 6 million Americans.
If the Court invalidates the subsidies for people living in states without a state-run ObamaCare exchange – as a plain reading of the law requires – then the consequences will have a ripple effect.
“For instance,” columnist Philip Klein explains, “ObamaCare’s fines against employers that do not offer health insurance coverage are triggered when a worker claims government subsidies to purchase insurance on an exchange – but in states where workers can no longer legally receive those subsidies, then there are no fines. The employer mandate, thus, is effectively…[more]
After spending hundreds of millions of dollars yet failing to enroll a single person on its ObamaCare health insurance website, Oregon’s top officials are considering whether to sue Oracle, the software giant and primary contractor.
This isn’t where Democratic Governor John Kitzhaber and other ObamaCare supporters thought they’d be.
When Cover Oregon – the state board overseeing the enrollment website’s development – launched, it ran expensive web and television ads targeting young hipsters. Unlike Kentucky and Connecticut – states with working websites…
"A week after his State of the Union address, political observers are still trying to figure out what President Obama's game is. That's because rhetorically and substantively, he seems to be in another world. ...Three explanations dominate speculation about what Obama is up to. The first is that he's trying to lay the groundwork for his successor, presumptive nominee Hillary Clinton. The second is…[more]
—Jonah Goldberg, National Review Online Editor-at-Large
— Jonah Goldberg, National Review Online Editor-at-Large