Next Line Of Attack Against Heath Care Reform: Subsidies For The Poor
Conservatives who have so far failed to do away with the Affordable Care Act’s mandate will now be attacking subsidies. A paper by Michael Cannon and Jonathan Adler lays it out.
And any challenge to the exchange subsidies would have to target the Internal Revenue Service’s interpretation of the law’s premium subsidies provisions. In a rule published in May, the IRS specifically said both federal and state exchanges can administer the subsidies.
That’s where Adler and Cannon use some of their toughest words — by basically calling the IRS a bunch of lawbreakers.
“The IRS rule is illegal,” Adler and Cannon contend. “It is not authorized by the text of the [Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act], nor can it be justified on other grounds.”