t opponents of the health-care law say the matter is cut-and-dried -- and a clear violation of the controversial legislation.
At issue are the federal subsidies that help lower monthly health-plan premiums for people in 34 states that use HealthCare.gov -- the federally run marketplace to buy insurance online.
Petitioners in the case, King v. Burwell, argue that people who use the HealthCare.gov website to purchase insurance aren't entitled to receive subsidies to defray the cost of health insurance coverage. They say the subsidies, which come in the form of premium tax credits and cost-sharing reductions, were meant only for people who buy health plans through state-operated health insurance exchanges -- not HealthCare.gov.
The Galen Institute, an Alexandria, Va.-based free-market health policy research group and "Obamacare" opponent, argues in an amicus brief that the Affordable Care Act "unambiguously limits" premium assistance to taxpayers who enroll in health plans through exchanges established by the states, not the federal government.
But the Obama administration defends the Treasury Department's interpretation of the law, allowing subsidies to be used at the federal and state exchanges.
, it's never really taken off as an issue beyond the Republican base.
Meanwhile, the Obama administration's position that national security considerations justified the Justice Department's gathering of journalists' phone records in a leak investigation may be enough to remove fuel from the outrage. Voters typically give presidents a wide berth when commanders in chief invoke national security, especially since Sept. 11.
But the IRS has a relationship with Americans that's far from warm and fuzzy. Indeed, as the agency that enforces the nation's tax laws, it's the part of government Americans most love to hate.
So the revelation that some of its workers were doing something as objectionable as singling out applications for tax-exempt status from conservative groups is just one more log tossed on a raging anti-IRS bonfire.
And that's even before you get to the IRS's role as the agency vested with enforcing the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate.
That feature of Obamacare is perhaps the one most detested by conservatives. The scandal provides them with a new and possibly potent anti-Obamacare talking point.
Add to that how readily the scandal feeds the American appetite for conspiracy theories and it's easy to see how the administration may be dealing with this crisis far longer than its other current controversies.
th more than 50 employees to provide coverage or face fines is being delayed by a year. The rule is now on hold until 2015 - after the 2014 midterm elections.
Obamacare "employer mandate" delayed a yearSpecial Section: Health care in America
The news came while the president was flying back from Africa to Washington. It's a major concession in what is considered the president's signature achievement.
Posted with no fanfare on the White House website, the administration pushed back by one year the requirement that businesses with more than 50 workers provide health-care coverage or pay fines of $2,000 per employee.
The website announcement said, "We have listened to your feedback. And we are taking action."
The decision marks a shift in the official line on health care, which the president himself stated recently. He said in San Jose, Calif., on June 7, "I think it's important to acknowledge this is working the way it's supposed to."
The concerns that the health-care law was going to hurt workers and the economy were widespread. Some small business owners said they would lay off workers so they had less than the 50 employees that brought them under the new law.
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