President Obama waded into the looming Supreme Court decision that may end up gutting his health care plan known as Obamacare. At issue is whether the IRS had the right to broadly apply federal subsidies to low-income households without an act of congress. As written, Obamacare narrowly applied subsidies to health care recipients from state-run exchanges. MIT Professor Jonathan Gruber, an Obamacare architect, previously stated that the subsidies were in fact limited to only state-run exchanges; it was a counter-incentive the government enacted to discourage states from opting to use the federal government’s health care exchange.
That said, President Obama chastised the high court for bothering to take up the challenge to his health care plan. The public rebuke of the court was made during a press conference of the current G-7 Summit in Schloss Elmau, Germany. The president expressed his belief that the court should rule against the plaintiffs. In fact, he called the decision a “no brainer” which case should not have taken up the court’s valuable time.
Should the high court rule against the Obama administration, there is no contingency for how the president or congress would react. Keith Mann (youtube.com) has learned that the GOP could issue a temporary extension of the law allowing the subsidies to apply to both federal and state-run exchanges. However, that is unlikely given the Tea Party’s mandate to kill the health care law. It is estimated that several million people will end up losing health care coverage if they are required to pay the full premium.