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Obamacare Dealt Another Setback in Court

WASHINGTON, DC– The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ruled today in a 2-1 decision against the legality of a significant portion of the subsidies issued through the healthcare exchanges created by Obamacare.

“This ruling rejects another attempt by the President to navigate around the law of the land to implement his healthcare takeover,” said Congressman Shuster. “In this decision, the Court struck down an IRS attempt to force states to accept the types of subsidies they rejected when they declined to set up their own exchange.”

The court agreed in the plaintiff’s argument that under Obamacare the Federal Government is restricted to only providing subsidies to the state-run exchanges, and that it does not have the authority to provide them to the 36 states, which includes Pennsylvania, that declined to set up their own exchanges. Today’s ruling is the second recent setback to Obamacare in the courts. The Supreme Court ruled in June that the Health and Human Services mandate, which required private businesses to provide contraceptive coverage to employees regardless of their religious beliefs, violated the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

“Every successful court ruling that scales back yet another severe problem in Obamacare is a step in the right direction for the American people, but it does not mean the fight is over,” continued Shuster. “Nancy Pelosi infamously said ‘you have to pass the bill to find out what is in it’ and ever since- all we have been finding inside is one disaster after another. The courts won another important decision today for liberty, but the fight is far from over. The only real solution to ending this calamity is to fully repeal Obamacare.”