A pair of federal appellate court decisions sent Obamacare backers cycling through at least the first three stages of grief (anger, denial, and bargaining) over the likelihood of further unraveling of the health law.
And if the history with the SGR is a predictor of the ACA’s productivity adjustment’s ability to constrain payments to providers, Medicare spending will likely be significantly higher in the long run than is currently projected with the baseline forecast.
Tuesday’s decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit has the potential to eviscerate the Affordable Care Act by disallowing premium subsidies for those enrolled in the 36 federal health care exchanges.
The last round of oral argument in the most serious legal challenge to Obamacare’s insurance coverage subsidies ended over three months ago. Now the courthouse watch for a final ruling in the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit has neared a fever pitch.