The United States Supreme Court is soon to make a decision in the King v. Burwell case built around the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare.
This pending decision is holding everyone across the political spectrum tied to their seats. Not necessarily a good idea if there is to be any more healthcare after the Supreme Court decision. In which case either Republicans or Democrats should be working on a fix. Or, even more convenient, a cross-party fix.
As it stands at the moment, 13 million people covering 37 states are at stake of losing health insurance provided the Supreme Court decides on a negative ruling.
That will cause the Affordable Care Act or ObamaCare to come down tumbling, leaving millions uncovered, spikes in premiums for coverage and an evermore expanding gap across the political spectrum. This year alone it is reported that throughout March more than 10 million people now have health insurance under ObamaCare.
These more than 10 million people are those who not only enrolled for healthcare plans, but also paid the first month premiums.
The numbers are of course subject to fluctuation, yet, a crafty entwining of subsidized private coverage and Medicaid expansion are raising healthcare coverage to historic levels. Nine in ten adult U.S. citizens have a healthcare plan, under federal mandate.
However, these historic landmarks are bound to be reversed pending the Supreme Court’s decision. An approximate number of 6.4 million citizens are liable to lose subsidies in 37 states that would be most affected. The losses account for a staggering 1.7 billion dollars monthly.
Erasing financial assistance plunges these people into dropping their healthcare plans.
In turn, premiums increase for those who decide to keep to their coverage.
A grim picture stemming from just four troubling words in the 900 page bill. Established by the state. The plaintiffs who denounced these words at the Supreme Court are decided on the fact that they suggest that subsidies are only offered in those states that have their own ObamaCare exchanges.
In those places where the state declined to implement and the job was overtaken by the federal government, subsidies cannot be offered.
For the supporters of the Affordable Care Act or ObamaCare this is nonsense. The goal of the bill was to offer subsidies in any state, regardless of the administrative entity. Which should be evident considering the more than 10 million people already joined.
Additionally, the Congressional Budget Office released estimated numbers that indicated that by 2016 an approximate 26 million people will have joined.
Ironically enough, a negative ruling of the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to shake both the Democratic and the Republican parties. Analysts expect a harder shake in the Republican camp.
Opposition ridden Republicans will suffer consequences in the states under GOP patronage. Angry voters, and a party that has no viable option to ObamaCare that they so spitefully worked against.
The Democratic Party is not far from a meltdown either. A negative ruling would send a tremor that would decidedly expand divisions within the party. Just when former first lady and secretary of state, Mrs. Clinton is pooling her efforts to bring all factions in a tighter formation for the 2016 run.
If the Affordable Care Act is delivered a blow at this time, the progressive camp will have sufficient reason to clamor about the deficiencies of centrist liberalism.
And 13 million people in 37 states are at risk of losing their benefits, just as things started to look better.
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