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Right Wing States Blocked ACA from setting up Exchanges then sued to withhold subsidies because exchanges were not set up!

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Appeals Court Strikes Down Some Health-Law Insurance Subsidies

A federal appeals court struck down the subsidies available to some consumers who buy health coverage on insurance exchanges established by the federal government, in a substantial blow to the Obama administration's implementation of its health-care law.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, on a 2-1 vote, invalidated an IRS regulation that implemented a key piece of the Affordable Care Act. The regulation said subsidies were available to qualifying consumers whether they bought coverage on a state exchange or one run by the federal government. The ruling potentially could cripple the act by making subsidies unavailable in as many as 36 states where the federal government has run some or all of the insurance exchanges.

The court sided with challengers who argued the health law allowed subsidies only for insurance purchases made through state exchanges.

What Really Happened with Obamacare (?)
The plan was that each state would set up its own ACA exchange and citizens would get individualized health insurance based on their needs and regional costs.  The federal exchange was not designed to help 50,000,000 (50 million) people.  
What happened was that 30 or more states, all run by republican right wing Governors and/or Legislatures, refused to set up their own exchanges.  The result was that a website designed for under 10 million attendees was overwhelmed by 5 or 10 times the numbers expected and it could not handle it.  Think of this.  THIS IS WHAT HACKERS DO TO SHUT DOWN WEBSITES!  This is what the republican party did.  
This was a concerted effort by one political party to destroy what was voted into law.  There was no concern for the needs of the people in those states who need health insurance.  According to the recent republican presidential candidate, people who need health care call an ambulance and go to the hospital.  No concern for preventive care or care of chronic conditions.  No understanding that healthcare contributes to manufacturing efficiency and school attendance.  Their definition of capitalism is “controlled bankruptcy”, not rebuilding a middle class.  On the contrary, their idea of a middle class is to destroy unions.  Their idea of health insurance companies is that the CEO can make 30 million dollars and not pay doctors and hospitals the fees they deserve.
I still remember Darrell Issa on TV saying that Amazon and EBay built websites that serve millions of people.  He implied that the ACA website was mismanaged and incompetent.  
Well, selling the same book titled Alice in Wonderland from California to Maine isn’t the same as individualizing many different features of an insurance policy that varies from region to region and individual to individual.  Mr. Issa is indeed living in his own wonderland.

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Comment Preferences

  •  So what happens? (2+ / 0-)
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    patbahn, Linda1961

    In 10 years?

    If this ruling remains we get virtually a side by side comparison of states with the ACA VS without.

    I can't believe that the insurance rates, economy, and health statistics in states rejecting the law will fare very well.

  •  Just another exhibit (0+ / 0-)

    of failed strategies in the museum of the Tea Party Republicans, so small, they could fit inside a bathtub.

    The Republicans tactics are old, stale, outdated, and no match for our 21st century, infinite intelligent, endless charisma, and aligned with brilliancy, President Obama.

    Corporate media's illusions are slowly fading away...Oh snap!

  •  GOOD! (0+ / 0-)

    Any infection is more satisfying to lance after it is huge and inflamed and festering, and stinking pus spurts out when it is lanced.

    The infection of right wing stupidity, greed, mendacity, and pain has to come to a huge crashing end.  Taking away subsidized health insurance from the thousands in the federal exchange states might do it.  Something has to eventually get the ordinary people in the red states to realize that they've been duped...maybe.

  •  I am not surprised (0+ / 0-)

    I wrote a diary about the case, Hilbig v Sebelius (now changed to Burwell) in May, 2014. You can find it here:

    The administration will likely ask for the DC Court of Appeals to take the case en banc where I think they will prevail, although they might want to accelerate the obvious showdown at the SCOTUS and just appeal this verdict directly to the Supreme Court. We shall see.

    Here is a press report from the USA Today

    And another from the Washington Post:

    "let's talk about that" uid 92953

    by VClib on Tue Jul 22, 2014 at 10:02:04 AM PDT

  •  To quote the Big Dog: (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    It takes a lot of balls to blame someone for what you have done.
    I think we are beginning to see a pattern here.  They want to get the President on something ...anything.  So, after years of making stuff up and no one buying it.  Now they have resorted to creating situations and blaming the President.  Why not?  It worked so well when our credit defaulted.  They shut down the government and then blamed the President.  Of course less and less people are seeing them for what they are BUT that isn't going to stop them because there is always some idiot somewhere who will still vote or bankroll them.  Unnecessary wars and manufactured outrage is now our reality.  We have to come up with another way of attacking this situation, and I don't believe it is outspending them because that just leads to rich lobbyists, pollsters and whoever makes those damn tv ads.

    We need to channel Thurgood Marshall and cut them at the knees: publicly funded campaigns and mandatory voting.

  •  The right wing is (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    OleHippieChick, dagnome

    a suicide cult.

    Give 'em room.

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