District Judge Rosemary Collyer of the District of Columbia ruled that Congress had never provided money for the subsidies to people who buy health insurance through Kynect and other exchanges. “Without subsidies, fewer people would be able to afford to purchase health insurance, which means insurance companies would lose customers,” Ladwig explains.
The suit by House Republicans involved only cost-sharing subsidies, not the income-tax credits that apply to monthly premium payments. The Obama administration funded the cost-sharing with money from the tax-credit account.
The cost-sharing subsidies are available to people with incomes
between 100 and 250 percent of the federal poverty level — between
$24,300 and $60,750 for a family of four. “Several million Obamacare customers receive cost-sharing subsidies,
but the exact figure is unknown,” Jennifer Haberkorn reports for Politico. “As of the middle of the last Obamacare
enrollment period, 57 percent of people who signed up for coverage through the federal exchange on HealthCare.gov receive them. . . . If the subsidies are ultimately struck, it would reinforce claims from
opponents of the health law that the Obamacare insurance plans are not