Five Things to Know About Supreme Court Case Challenging Health Law

On March 4, the justices will hear oral arguments in King v. Burwell, a case challenging the validity of tax subsidies helping millions of Americans buy health insurance if they don’t get it through an employer or the government. If the court rules against the Obama administration, those subsidies could be cut off for everyone in the three dozen states using Healthcare.gov, the federal exchange website. A decision is expected by the end of June.

Here are five things you should know about the case and its potential consequences:

  1. This case does NOT challenge the constitutionality of the health law.
  2. If the court rules against the Obama administration, millions of people could be forced to give up their insurance.
  3. A ruling against the Obama administration could have other effects too.
  4. Consumers could lose subsidies almost immediately.
  5. Congress could make the entire issue go away by passing a one-page bill. But it won’t.

Source/more: Kaiser Health News

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