Well that was short lived. This morning a federal appeals court ruled that one of the key parts of the Affordable Care Act, the subsidizing of healthcare plans in states that did not set up their own exchanges was illegal. Meaning if you used healthcare.gov to sign up, the subsidies would go away. Hurting millions of poor families who relied on those subsidies to get affordable healthcare.
However, just two hours after the disastrous ruling, another appeals court in Virginia ruled that the subsidies are legal, making them the third court to rule in such a direction, versus only one court that ruled against.
From the opinion of the most recent ruling, the court took a strong stance against politicians trying to use the courts to deny much needed healthcare to those in need, saying:
“What they may not do is rely on our help to deny to millions of Americans desperately-needed health insurance through a tortured, nonsensical construction of a federal statute whose manifest purpose, as revealed by the wholeness and coherence of its text and structure, could not be more clear.”
The right is trying every trick in the book to defund and crush the Affordable Care Act and is relying on activist judges with conservative sympathies to get this done. The Virginia court has however affirmed that the courts are not to be used as a tool for political propaganda.