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July 22, 2014 at 8:33 AM #21194July 22, 2014 at 12:48 PM #776989njtosdParticipant
The Affordable Care Act (regardless of whether you are a fan or not) was between 900 and 1000 pages long and was definitely rushed through Congress. (FWIW – I am an independent voter – and I have mixed feelings about the ACA and most other political issues.) I have heard through one very reliable source that it was barely proofread before being put to a vote. There is no way that the Act itself could be internally consistent. The usual bandaid for poorly written laws is a set of gap filler regulations (which don’t get voted on – but do get litigated to death). My understanding is that the regs for the ACA are over 20,000 pages long. Could anyone really know what the rules are? Do we have a law on the books that is not understood, in its totality, by even one person?
Personally, I don’t want the courts figuring out what the legislators were too busy to do. They are supposed to be referees – not rule makers.July 22, 2014 at 2:18 PM #776991FlyerInHiGuest
In the end, I don’t think it’ll make much of a difference.
Let’s say a future Supreme Court decision sides with the Republicans. But it will only force the states to setup exchanges so as not to lose the subsidies.
By that time the law would have matured that no state would want to be left without the subsidies.
Kinda like highway funds. States have to follow Federal mandates or lose highway funds. But who wants to lose money?July 22, 2014 at 2:30 PM #776992FlyerInHiGuest
Come to think of it, a decision banning subsidies to poor people in states that refuse to setup exchanges might create some electoral reshuffling.
Poor people will realize that they’re being cut off and think WTF. They will then have to mobilize to force state legislators to setup exchanges to restore the subsidies.
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