GOP Governors Walk Political Tightrope With Obamacare Subsidies Case

Politico: “If the Supreme Court rules against Obamacare subsidies, the four governors running for president will face a harsh choice: Let tens of thousands of people get kicked off their health plans, or try to create a state exchange and lose credibility with a virulently anti-Obamacare Republican primary base.”

“Louisiana’s Bobby Jindal, Wisconsin’s Scott Walker, New Jersey’s Chris Christie and Ohio’s John Kasich all refused to set up Obamacare exchanges, as did most other GOP governors. Their states would be directly affected if the court rules that the health law’s subsidies can go only to people living in states that did establish the new online Obamacare markets.”

“They can say it’s a Washington problem. But if gridlocked Washington can’t fix it, they’d be stuck with no good answers for their own citizens losing coverage — other than trying to deflect blame to President Barack Obama and Obamacare.”

“Or they could undertake the politically and economically challenging task of trying to create a state exchange, after shunning them a few years ago. But that would put them in the difficult position of fixing a law they’ve vowed to repeal; doing anything that looks like salvaging the Affordable Care Act is not going to go over well with GOP primary voters.”

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