DC Circuit Court Delivers Blow To New Health Care Law

DC Circuit Court Delivers Blow To New Health Care Law

Tuesday, July 22, the DC Circuit Court of Appeals delivered a jaw-dropping conclusion – “the subsidies available under the 2010 health-care law may be provided only to residents of states that set up their own health insurance marketplaces.” The Washington Post continued to report, “less than two hours later, the Richmond-based 4th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the subsidies, ruling in a separate case that the law’s language was ambiguous, giving the Obama administration the authority to allow the subsidies nationwide.”

With both conflicting rulings released on the same day, Americans will probably have to wait for a Supreme Court decision. As normal, the rulings from both Circuit Courts reflect the political ideology of the respective deciding judges. While the political allegiance of judges clearly helps to mold their decisions, the weight of this influence is more decisive at certain times than at others. Chief Justice Roberts’ decision to give a green light to Obamacare based on the taxing power of Congress is a stellar example of how political leaning may or may not influence judicial decision-making. A Supreme Court review of this case will certainly provide the divided Justices with ripe opportunity to demonstrate their abilities to transcend politics as they construct law that will bolster the “health” of the nation. It goes without saying, if the Supreme Court upholds the ruling of the DC Circuit Court of Appeals, the Affordable Care Act will have a tough time remaining viable.


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