Halbig and the Failure of Port Side Wannabe Wonks

Sean Davis shows that when it comes to covering the Halbig case and its aftermath, the allegedly wonky bloggers and pundits on the port side of the partisan/ideological divide are not exactly setting any records when it comes to doing their jobs properly. As Davis points out, the pundits and bloggers in question have a strange propensity for …

Jonathan Gruber Accidentally Tells the Truth

One of the chief criticisms of those who did not like the Halbig decision is that Congress could not possibly have intended to restrict federal subsidies for coverage under Obamacare to only those states that established an exchange. Furthermore, by not taking intent into account, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals was creating "an 'absurd' result." It is …

Halbig v. Burwell Was Not an “Absurd” Result

Ilya Somin explains why: In its recent controversial decision in Halbig v. Burwell, the US Court of appeals for the DC Circuit ruled that people purchasing health insurance under the Affordable Care Act are only eligible for federal tax credits if they do so through an exchange established by a state. Although the plain text …

Peter Suderman on the Halbig Case

Earlier coverage of the Halbig case here. As Suderman points out, the challenge to the federal subsidies was entirely plausible and legitimate, and as a bonus, yet another court found that the Obama administration was in the process of breaking the law. As referenced in my earlier post, I know that there are people who …

D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals: Federal Health Care Subsidies are Illegal

The text of the Affordable Care Act informs us--as Peter Suderman points out--that the ability to dole out subsidies are limited to "Exchange established by the State." It should therefore surprise precisely no one to find out that federal subsidies for Obamacare--subsidies which are not organized through "Exchange established by the State"--are illegal according to …

Thank Goodness that Charles Krauthammer Can Strategize, Because Many Republicans Can’t.

There is talk amongst Republicans about forcing a government shutdown in order to defund Obamacare. Krauthammer shows why the idea should be a complete non-starter: This is nuts. The president will never sign a bill defunding the singular achievement of his presidency. Especially when he has control of the Senate. Especially when, though a narrow 51 …

Bad News and Good News Regarding Obamacare

First the bad news: It may not work all that well. A top administration aide in charge of implementing Obamacare said on Tuesday that he would be "surprised" if it starts perfectly, the latest gloomy assessment of the massive revolution in how Americans get health insurance.Gary Cohen, deputy administrator and director of the Center for Consumer …

We Passed Health Care Reform . . .

And now, we are finding out what is in it: Democrats continue to try to dismiss the evidence that Obamacare will dramatically increase the cost of insurance for people who buy it on their own. But on Thursday, the Ohio Department of Insurance announced  that, based on the rates submitted by insurers to date, the average individual-market health …

Is Obamacare Affordable?

There has been some celebrating on the port side ever since stories like this one came out, indicating that premium costs associated with the Affordable Care Act--Obamacare--are, well, affordable. We are to believe that [b]ased on the premiums that insurers have submitted for final regulatory approval, the majority of Californians buying coverage on the state's new …