The Supreme Court heard oral arguments  in a hotly-debated Affordable Care Act case which affects the future of the 2010 health care law. At stake in King v. Burwell is whether Congress intended nationwide tax credits when it passed the ACA or whether tax subsidies were only meant for purchases on a state-run exchange. Since 34 states do not have their own exchange, a ruling against the government would undercut the ACA and put millions at risk of losing their health insurance.

Following the Supreme Court arguments, Philadelphia employee benefits attorney Brian Pinheiro of Ballard Spahr put matters in stark terms. "If the Supreme Court decides in favor of the challengers, subsidies that are available to individuals in the 34 states that have HHS-established Exchanges will evaporate."

 

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