The ruling in King v. Burwell was just as Brian Pinheiro predicted.

Not only was he correct in guessing the court would uphold subsidies to buy health insurance on the federally facilitated marketplace 6-3. The Ballard Spahr partner also called who would rule in favor of subsidies — Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Anthony Kennedy, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan — and that Justices Antonin Scalia, Samuel
Alito and Clarence Thomas would rule against them.

Pinheiro did have some help — he was in the courtroom during the March 4 oral arguments. Burwell’s position seemed to resonate more with the justices than that of the plaintiffs, Pinheiro says. “The government’s arguments were just stronger,” he says.

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