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Judge Rules Against White House on Affordable Care Act

This week, the a U.S. District Court judge for the Eastern District of Oklahoma ruled that the Affordable Care Act does not permit the use of tax credits to subsidize health insurance premiums in states that rely on the federal government to operate a healthcare exchange...
October 2, 2014

This week, the a U.S. District Court judge for the Eastern District of Oklahoma ruled that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) does not permit the use of tax credits to subsidize health insurance premiums in states that rely on the federal government to operate a healthcare exchange. Earlier this year, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia also ruled against the ACA subsidies, however, it vacated that decision when it decided to have the full court, not just a three judge panel, rehear the case. Meanwhile, opponents of a decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit upholding the subsidies have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to take the case. At least one other case in Indiana remains pending. Legal observers are divided over whether the Supreme Court will enter the case at this point, absent a clearer split in circuit court decisions.

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