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Courts Issue Conflicting Ruling on Affordable Care Act

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The Affordable Care Act runs into trouble after two federal courts of appeal issued conflicting rulings on insurance subsidies.

In a 2-1 decision on Tuesday, a U.S. appeals court in Washington D.C. ruled that the Internal Revenue Service lacks the authority to offer health subsidies to millions of people signing up for federal health insurance.

The Fourth Circuit in Richmond ruled the contrary.

Under the D.C. court ruling, low and middle income residents, who were once deemed eligible for federal health insurance through the Affordable Care Act, are not entitled to government backed assistance on their health insurance.

Dr. John Tkach, a tenured dermatologist specialist in Bozeman, said even before the ruling, the costs of care is already too high.

"We just don't understand what's happening. For example acne medication that was 45 dollars a tube are 300 dollars a tube.--how is that affordable?"

If upheld, the ruling could raise insurance cost for people buying plans through federal exchanges because taxpayer subsidies would be cut.

The two court rulings issued on Tuesday are not the final say. The other courts of appeal are currently gearing up to review the act as well.

 

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