March 3rd, 2015
As the US Supreme Court is set to hear arguments tomorrow in yet another case about the Affordable Care Act, a few foundations have funded analyses and published commentaries about this controversial case.
If you haven’t been following the build-up to this case, I would suggest this March 2 New York Times article, “Lawyer Put Health Act in Peril by Pointing Out 4 Little Words” as good background reading. Reporter Adam Liptak describes a Harvard Law School–educated lawyer down in Greenville, South Carolina, who apparently found this vulnerability in the ACA. The law “seemed to say [that] its tax-credit subsidies were limited to people living where an insurance marketplace, known as an exchange, had been ‘established by the state,’” the reporter explains.
Liptak goes on to say that if a majority of the Supreme Court justices accept this argument, “more than six million Americans could lose health care coverage and insurance markets could collapse in about three dozen states where the federal government runs the exchanges, imperiling the health care law itself.”
Foundation-Funded Analyses and Publications
“What’s at Stake as Health Law Lands at Supreme Court Again,” Sarah Varney, March 3, Kaiser Health News, a service of the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation.
“The Implications of King v. Burwell: Highlights from Three Analyses of the Consequences of Eliminating ACA Tax Credits in 34 States,” Linda J. Blumberg, Matthew Buettgens, and John Holahan of the Urban Institute, released March 2. Funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. This is a two-page summary.
See also: “Response to the Heritage Foundation’s Criticisms of the Urban Institute’s King v. Burwell Analyses,” Linda J. Blumberg, Matthew Buettgens, and John Holahan, February 24. The Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank, is not a philanthropic foundation. (Note to readers: This document apparently was not funded by any foundation.)
“Supreme Court Insurance Subsidies Decision Could Trigger Price Spikes,” Julie Appleby, February 26, Kaiser Health News, a service of the Kaiser Family Foundation. Read the rest of this entry »