King v. Burwell Obamacare Enrollees To States: Don’t Set Up ACA Exchanges

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This month, the Foundation for Government Accountability released a first-of-its-kind survey of Obamacare exchange enrollees in federal exchange states. Most of these enrollees qualify for taxpayer-funded subsidies and thus would face the biggest impact of the Supreme Court’s forthcoming decision in King v. Burwell. A case that will impact the 6 million with subsides, but also could impact the other 60 million that have been impacted by ACA.

This poll, along with a previous survey of voters in federal exchange states, provides policymakers with guidance on how they should respond to the ruling. In short, exchange enrollees don’t want state leaders to rescue Obamacare if the Supreme Court strikes down subsidies on HealthCare.gov. Instead, they want Congress to make major changes that improve the law for everyone. In fact, based on their exchange experience it appears they want broad change to the law regardless of the outcome of the King v. Burwell case.