Thursday, February 12, 2015

Conservative Think Tanks to Kill Obamacare?

Here is what Mother Jones is saying:
The arguments of the plaintiffs in King v. Burwell, the case in front of the Supreme Court of the United States that could potentially undo the Affordable Care Act...
The intention of the plaintiffs isn’t to identify a flaw in the law and fix it but to bring down the entire program of federally mandated (and for income-qualified consumers, subsidized) health insurance coverage. The case appears to have started with a conference sponsored by the American Enterprise Institute where attendees devised legal strategies to bring down the Affordable Care Act. The Competitive Enterprise Institute, distinct from AEI, was one of the conservative think tanks that took up the challenge of this lawsuit, recognizing that removing subsidies from consumers who got their insurance on the federal exchanges because of the recalcitrance of their home states could potentially make the ACA unworkable, deprive millions of health insurance, and force insurance premiums to skyrocket. In other words, CEI and its allies would victimize lower-income consumers, wiping out their insurance coverage in order to gut the law.

Here is what Slate has to say.  And here is some commentary by The Washington Post.