Contact: Charles Siler
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: LEADERS FROM 33 STATES TELL CONGRESS TO DEAL WITH OBAMACARE
PATIENTS, HEALTH PROFESSIONALS, AND TAXPAYERS SHOULD BE PROTECTED IN WAKE OF KING DECISION
Over 350 state lawmakers and leaders from 33 states have written Congress in the last month, urging members of both chambers to leverage the opportunity to free our country from ObamaCare if the Supreme Court rules in favor of the plaintiffs in King v. Burwell.
Since Congress passed ObamaCare in 2010, the law has faced a number of legal challenges, and now the IRS’s subsidies to people enrolled in the ObamaCare exchange are on trial. In King, the plaintiffs argue the law clearly states the subsidies are only legal for people enrolled in state-operated exchanges.
If the Court agrees, the states could face pressure from Washington to establish their own expensive and cumbersome insurance exchanges. The states fear they’re about to see a reaction similar to that following NFIB v. Sebelius, where the Supreme Court struck down mandatory Medicaid expansion as dictated by ObamaCare. These state leaders are tired of Congress kicking the can to them instead of fixing their own mess.
“It’s crystal clear the states are tired of President Obama and Congress ignoring the harm that ObamaCare is doing to patients, healthcare providers, and taxpayers,” said Tarren Bragdon, CEO of the Foundation for Government Accountability. “The last thing they want to do is to take on more liability and fiscal risk to prop up the crumbling house of cards ObamaCare has become.”
“These leaders aren’t on their own either, they’re listening to their people. We know that even the people on the exchanges who would have something to gain from a state exchange don’t want it. They are also crying out for reforms that help everyone.”
The state leaders have been writing House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, and their state Congressional delegations. You can find an archive of the letters here.
To schedule an interview, please contact Charles Siler with the Foundation for Government Accountability at (202) 487-8652 or email@example.com.