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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Ind. Decisions - Federal Judge OKs Indiana fight against health insurance subsidies

Dan Carden of the NWI Times has a story, plus a copy of the complaint and the ruling, in SD Indiana Judge William Lawrence's Affordable Health Care Act ruling late Tuesday. The story begins:

INDIANAPOLIS | More than 110,000 Hoosiers are at risk of losing federal subsidies used to purchase private health insurance after a federal judge refused to dismiss a lawsuit brought by Republican Gov. Mike Pence and Attorney General Greg Zoeller seeking to prohibit that assistance.

Judge William Lawrence ruled late Tuesday the state can proceed to trial on its claim that Hoosiers are not entitled to insurance subsidies, because Indiana did not establish a state-run health marketplace, called an exchange.

Under the 2010 Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, states like Indiana that did not create their own exchanges had their exchanges run for them by the federal government.

The state argued that a literal reading of the law limits subsidies to health insurance policies purchased only on state-run exchanges, not federally operated marketplaces. As a result, Hoosiers cannot receive the subsidies, Pence and Zoeller claimed.

Pence reaffirmed that stance in July telling reporters that not creating a state exchange was the right thing to do, even if it means Hoosiers lose their subsidies and likely their health insurance coverage as well.

ILB: A note from a reader. "I'm so angry my tax dollars are being spent on this effort by Zoeller to cripple the ACA by stripping the subsidies from people in states such as Indiana without state exchanges. Yet another example of Indiana politicians putting ideology before people."

Posted by Marcia Oddi on August 14, 2014 10:45 AM
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