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Response to Today’s King v. Burwell Hearing

March 04, 2015 | Chip Kahn

Category: Affordable Care Act

Today’s oral argument before the Supreme Court in the King v. Burwell marks another critical moment for millions of Americans and their families to maintain access to medical care. I was fortunate to attend the hearing this morning and I am more convinced than ever that the Supreme Court will rule to uphold the subsidies for both state and federal exchanges.

The statute is clear that new coverage and related subsidies are available to all qualifying Americans regardless of the state in which they reside.  Further, eliminating these subsidies would cause devastating effects in the U.S. health care system and undermine the entire framework of the ACA’s new private market coverage option.

That is why I remain confident that the Supreme Court will uphold the challenged IRS regulation and ensure that the millions of Americans enrolling in health care coverage every year through the exchanges will maintain access to medical care.