ACA news roundup: Old lawsuits, new controversies
All eyes are on the Affordable Care Act as the healthcare reform law's fate continues to spark debates and lawsuits.
The Supreme Court will issue a ruling sometime next month on King v. Burwell, a case it heard back in March regarding the legality of subsidized plans sold on the federal health insurance exchange. There have been many rumblings on what a ruling for or against the plaintiffs would mean, as well as a dozen or more ACA alternative plans from Republicans. While many of these plans include a temporary extension of subsidies, the impact would only delay further disruption in the marketplace because millions would end up dropping coverage, causing premiums to skyrocket, according to a report from the American Academy of Actuaries.
In addition to playing the King v. Burwell waiting game, the Obama administration has been under attack for possibly defying the Constitution in implementing the law and vastly expanding the "underinsured" population as millions of Americans gained health coverage.
FierceHealthPayer rounded up the top ACA stories from this week to discuss the legal issues, the controversies and the what-ifs.
ACA implementation lawsuit
Yesterday a U.S. District Court heard the House Republican lawsuit that challenged the Obama administration's executive changes to the ACA.
The lawsuit--initially filed last July, then pushed back until November--touched on two main points: Delaying the employer mandate and allegedly transferring money to insurers illegally, FierceHealthPayer previously reported.