Conflicting Court Decisions On Federal Subsidies For Health Insurance

This December 2, 2013 photo shows a woman reading the HealthCare.gov insurance marketplace internet site in Washington, D.C.  This week, two U.S appeals courts issued conflicting rulings on whether millions who buy health insurance on federally run health exchanges can get subsidies.  - KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images

This December 2, 2013 photo shows a woman reading the HealthCare.gov insurance marketplace internet site in Washington, D.C. This week, two U.S appeals courts issued conflicting rulings on whether millions who buy health insurance on federally run health exchanges can get subsidies.

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Conflicting Court Decisions On Federal Subsidies For Health Insurance

Two U.S appeals courts issue conflicting rulings on whether millions who buy health insurance on federally-run health exchanges can get subsidies. Please join us to discuss what the decisions mean for consumers and President Barack Obama's signature health care law.

On July 22, two federal appeals courts issued conflicting opinions on Affordable Care Act subsidies for health insurance premiums. The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled that, per the law as written, only consumers living in states running their own exchanges could possibly qualify for subsidies. Two hours later, an appeals court in Richmond, Virginia ruled that a state’s decision not to run its own exchange did not preclude residents from qualifying for lower premiums. We discuss the Affordable Care Act subsidies and the future of President Barack Obama’s signature legislation.

Guests

E.J. Dionne Jr.

senior fellow, Brookings Institution; columnist for The Washington Post; and author of "Our Divided Political Heart: The Battle for the American Idea in an Age of Discontent."

Douglas Holtz-Eakin

president of the American Action Forum, chief economist and director of the Congressional Budget Office from 2003 to 2006.

Julie Rovner

senior correspondent, Kaiser Health News; author of "Health Care Policy and Politics A-Z."

Richard Hasen

professor of law and political science at the University of California, Irvine, and author of "The Voting Wars: From Florida 2000 to the Next Election Meltdown."

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