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Feb 23

King v. Burwell: Why the IRS Obamacare Handouts Should Lose at the Supreme Court

On March 4, the Supreme Court will hear oral argument in King v. Burwell, the latest challenge to Obamacare. This case involves the insurance exchanges created by Obamacare and the IRS’s interpretation of a provision of the law that authorizes tax credits for health insurance purchased through an exchange “established by the state.” When 36 states chose not to establish their own exchanges, the federal government stepped in and created federally run exchanges in those states. The IRS then extended the tax credits for insurance purchased through the federally run exchanges – an interpretation that directly violates the plain language of the law. The Supreme Court has been asked to decide whether the IRS’s interpretation may stand.

What happens if the Supreme Court invalidates the IRS’s interpretation? Will it thwart Obamacare’s goal of expanding health insurance coverage or result in millions of Americans losing their tax credits? How should Congress and the states respond? Join us as our distinguished guests discuss these or other issues surrounding this legal challenge to Obamacare.

More About the Speakers

Keynote Address by
The Honorable Orrin G. Hatch (R-UT)
United States Senator

And a Panel Discussion with
Jonathan Adler
Johan Verheij Memorial Professor of Law, Case Western Reserve University School of Law

Edmund Haislmaier
Senior Research Fellow, Health Policy Studies, The Heritage Foundation

Hosted By

John Malcolm John Malcolm

Director, Edwin Meese III Center for Legal and Judicial Studies, and the Ed Gilbertson and Sherry Lindberg Gilbertson Senior Legal Fellow Read More