Senator Ted Cruz on the Senate floor discussing the SCOTUS decision to uphold Obamacare subsidies. CLICK HERE
Congressman Louie Gohmert on the House floor discussing the SCOTUS upcoming decisions. CLICK HERE
In King v. Burwell, the Supreme Court upheld federal Obamacare tax credits for states that opted to not set up state-based exchanges. Although this is disappointing for those who expect laws to be executed as written, it does not mean the fight to repeal and replace Obamacare with patient-centered, fiscally responsible reform is over. It means that the people, not the judges, will get the job done.
Our health care system is in dire need of reform. Health care expenditures are rising at twice the growth in national income and medical prices are rising at three times the rate of inflation. Premiums in the state and federal health insurance exchanges are rising at double digits. Employers are looking for ways to drop employee health plans. A decision for the plaintiffs would have created an opportunity for Republicans to work with Democrats to fix the Affordable Care Act’s many flaws. These flaws still exist and will need to be fixed.
Obamacare’s opponents in Congress will not be able to repeal it until 2017 at the earliest. However, that does not mean they can do nothing. Instead, they should pass fiscally responsible, small but significant changes to health care that the president will sign. For example, Congress can offset spending from the medical device excise tax repeal by adopting proposals from the president’s budget, such as paying the same fees for certain procedures whether done at a physicians’ office or a hospital. This would save Medicare an estimated $29 billion, without harming patients.
NCPA has developed a number of similar reforms in a special publication, “Reforming Obamacare: How Congress, and the President, Can Win after King v. Burwell,” written by Senior Fellow John R. Graham, which we are promoting to policymakers and the public. We will continue to build on these ideas so that we are in a better position for further reform in 2017 and beyond.