CBO Director: Obamacare Subsidies Were Meant For All States

The Hill: “The man who led the Congressional Budget Office when ObamaCare was being constructed said Tuesday it was the ‘common understanding’ at the time that subsidies would be available in all states — a crucial question in a looming Supreme Court case.”

“The challengers in the case of King v. Burwell argue subsidies are only available in states that established their own exchanges, as opposed to a federally-run exchange, citing language in the law referring to an exchange ‘established by the state.’
Part of the challengers’ argument is that Congress could have intended to bar the subsidies from federally-run exchanges as an incentive for states to create their own.”
“’It was a common understanding on the Hill, again on both sides of the Hill, on both sides of the aisle, in late 2009 and early 2010, that subsidies would be available through the federal exchange as well as through state exchanges,’ Doug Elmendorf said in an interview at the Peterson Foundation fiscal summit.”
“’And I’m confident in saying that because CBO’s analysis always worked under the view that subsidies would be available under the federal exchange.’”
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