The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to review a challenge to health care reform subsidies. At issue is whether the program of tax credits applies only in the state Exchanges and not in federally operated Exchanges.
The Court declined to wait for further action in lower federal courts, as the Obama administration had asked. Now, the Court has ensured that it will rule on the case during the current term. If it decides to limit the subsidies to the state-run Exchanges, it is widely understood that an unfavorable ruling on federal subsidies would destroy health care reform’s overarching structure. The Court is expected to issue its ruling in June or July 2015.