Two thousand pages of legislation, 30,000 pages of regulation, and a house majority leader stating, “we have to pass it so we can find out what is in it.” What could go wrong?
In that type of monstrosity of circular “logic” and legalese, even the anticipated outcomes were difficult to state definitively. One must surely have expected some unintended outcomes that would indeed be hurdles to this one-size-fits-all approach to government sponsored healthcare.
As it happens, the undoing of such a massive piece of legislation pertaining to one sixth of the largest economy in the world may lie in five little letters: S-T-A-T-E. It appears that the promised subsidies, much like the promised ability to keep doctors and policies one may like, are limited by vague language in the law. Only “state ” exchanges are eligible for subsidies. Therefore, premiums of those who used the federal exchange, 34 states worth, will go unsubsidized. That should knock the “affordable” completely out of the Affordable Care Act ballpark.
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A lawsuit brought by Halbig will be decided within the next few days. The manner in which the courts interpret the word “state” could well spell the end of Obamacare. If the definition is strictly individual states, the mass exodus of thousands if not millions of people from federal exchange based policies would ensue. Remarkable premium increases for those who remain would follow and the Affordable Care Act could finally see it’s end.
Here lies Obamacare, the most preposterous piece of legislation ever forced down the throat of the American people. It was passed, investigated, challenged, and revised by executive fiat. It fell here at the hands of “state”.
Let’s all keep our fingers crossed!
H/T: Conservative Tribune