Obamacare Subsidies Challenged in Supreme Court

Affordable health insurance for millions of Americans is on the line as the Affordable Care Act is tested in front of the Supreme Court for a second time.
1:39 | 03/04/15

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President Obama's health care law was back in front of the Supreme Court. The Affordable Care Act signed into law and took when he ten. Says the federal government can give subsidies to help millions of Americans afford coverage that's bought through quote. Any exchange established by the state. And that's simple phrase in a 1000 page law is at the heart of today's arguments. The cleanest in the cases are conservative activists. This was not. In artful language they intentionally set this up. To try to get the states to set these exchanges the 34 speeds didn't set one up. Instead they rely on the federal marketplace. So the question now is. Are the federal subsidies illegal in more than two thirds of the country the government says. Congress obviously wouldn't have doomed to failure this. Hugely significant piece of legislation the implications of this decision could be far reaching one study found that nine million people could lose their insurance coverage if the court rules against the subsidies isn't about real people putting patients over politics. Don't take my care HHS secretary Silvia upper well acknowledged last week the Obama administration doesn't have a back up plan if the subsidies are struck down we don't have an administrative action. That we believe can and do. The damage. The line of questioning by the liberal justices today suggest they think the context is the key in the subsidy language. Not just the literal text that short phrase in the very big health care law a decision is expected sometime before July. Karen Travers ABC news at the Supreme Court.

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