During Tuesday’s briefing, Press Secretary Josh Earnest delivered the Obama administration’s official response to a federal appeals court ruling that said the subsidies issued through the Affordable Care Act’s national health exchange violates the language of the bill. Earnest offered up a strong defense of the subsidies, which make up a central component of Obamacare, saying the White House is “confident” in its legal case should the issue proceed to the Supreme Court.
“This ruling does not have any practical impact on their ability to continue to receive tax credits right now,” Earnest said of people who could be affected by the ruling, calling it something that should only be of interest to “legal theorists.”
Noting that two similar cases have been dismissed by lower courts, Earnest said the Obama administration is “still ahead 2-to-1 here.” He said the Justice Department will likely ask for a ruling from the full D.C. circuit in order to get a consensus on the issue. “This will work its way through the legal process and we are confident in the legal case that the Department of Justice will be making,” he said.
Just two hours after the initial ruling came down, a different appeals court issued a ruling that upholds those same subsidies as part of the Affordable Care Act.
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