Obamacare’s Success Raises Stakes for SCOTUS Case

New York Times: “The Obama administration said Wednesday that 8.6 million people in 37 states had selected or renewed health plans through the federal insurance marketplace, and that most of them would suffer if the Supreme Court blocked premium subsidies for consumers in those states.”

“That group is part of the 11.4 million people who President Obama said the day before had signed up in the enrollment period that ended on Sunday. Consumers using the federal marketplace accounted for three-fourths of the total.”

Sylvia Mathews Burwell, the secretary of health and human services, said it was “inconceivable that Congress meant to deny premium assistance to them — simply because their states did not set up exchanges — while providing it to residents of New York, California and other states that run their own insurance marketplaces.”

“In a comment that sounded like a message to the Supreme Court, just a few blocks from her office, Ms. Burwell said, ‘Americans don’t want the progress that we have made to be taken away from them.’”

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