GOP scrambles to keep Obamacare subsidies flowing in case of Supreme Court victoryThis is more evidence that Obamacare is here to stay.
By Byron York | February 26, 2015 | 5:16 pm
If the justices bar the payment of subsidies through those exchanges, it would be both a victory for the health law's critics and a problem for Republicans running Congress.
Which is why a Senate GOP working group has been meeting for months to figure out what to do should the challenge to Obamacare succeed.
"We're committed to helping the people who have been hurt by the healthcare law," said Republican Sen. John Barrasso, leader of the working group. "We're not going to help the law, but we're going to help the people, so they are not left in the lurch."
What that means is Republicans are going to find a way to continue paying subsidies to the estimated 7.5 million Americans who receive taxpayer-funded help to pay their insurance premiums through the federal Obamacare exchange.
In recent private polling for the conservative group Independent Women's Voice, a huge majority of respondents said it would be important to "do something to restore the subsidies" in the case of a Court decision striking them down.
The GOP working group still hasn't decided on a specific plan. One group member, Sen. Ben Sasse, has proposed a system based on the old "Cobra" law that allowed people to continue their health insurance after leaving a job. Under Sasse's proposal, the subsidies would continue for 18 months, until Congress passes a new health law to supersede Obamacare.
Friday, February 27, 2015
From what I've read, it's unlikely that the Supreme Court will declare most of Obamacare null and void but just in case, some GOP senators are trying to work out a plan to maintain the current subsidies according to Byron York:
Posted by Steve J. at 7:38 PM