Halbig v. Burwell is a potent challenge to the viability of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) which became law in 2010. The case rests on a technicality that has sharp teeth. Congress could stop the lawsuit in its tracks by clarifying what it meant by three words in the act. It wont. The Republican House wants ObamaCare to falter. The Democratic Senate will not admit anything is wrong.
At issue are the subsidies currently provided to approximately 4.5 million subscribers to Obamacare. Without the subsidies, a great many low-income people will be unable to afford healthcare insurance.
|Wendy McElroy is a Research Fellow at The Independent Institute. Her books include the Independent Institute volumes, Liberty for Women: Freedom and Feminism in the 21st Century, and Freedom, Feminism, and the State.|