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Letter to the Editor: Something doesn't add up


It has come to my attention that there is a provision in the Affordable Care Act that says that subsidies can only be extended to recipients who sign up through state exchanges. 

There are 36 states that did not set up an exchange and therefore recipients in those states are ineligible for assistance in meeting the cost of their health care premiums, which have gone up significantly in the past two years. Thus, the income from those states via subsidies is not forthcoming and the income from the remaining 14 states will not be enough to make up for the shortfall. 

This provision is making its way through the Federal Court and will probably end up in the Supreme Court shortly and President Obama will be unable to change the wording of the law by an Executive Order. This wording challenge is listed as the “Halwig” case. 

Perhaps Senator Nelson will be able to heave a sigh of relief as he heads into his years of taxpayer retirement. He should be so lucky.

C.J. Cornelius



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