Texomans React to SCOTUS Obamacare Ruling

On Thursday, by a 6 to 3 vote, the Supreme Court justices ruled consumers can qualify for a subsidy that lowers the cost of their premiums whether they buy their coverage in states that run their own insurance exchanges or through the federal exchanges.

“If a state didn’t have a marketplace then Congress said well if a state doesn’t have a state exchange, then you could go and buy this on the federal exchange,” health insurance agent Jacki Spragins said. 

Spragins says the challenge to the law argued that consumers in the 34 states, that don’t have an exchange, shouldn’t qualify for subsidies at the federal level.

“The Supreme Court ruling today, which was what it was the last time they ruled on this, it more or less says this is what the intent was as opposed to this is what the written word was which is kind of sad that we’re at the point now where you know this is for the better good so we’re going to rule this way as opposed to this is exactly what happened, the way the law was written,” Spragins said. 

This was the second time in just three years that the high court denied a legal challenge that could have halted the program all together, however since the money for those subsidies will continue to come from our tax dollars, we asked Texomans what they think about this ruling.

“I think we’re taxed to death. I think we’ve got all we can handle. They’re just going to have to figure out another way to do it,” Wichita Falls resident Sue Waller said. 

Others say they’re thankful the subsidies will continue.

“In my opinion, I have to have the help, because it’s too much,” Wichita Falls resident Rosa Flores said. 

We want to know what you think, how do you think the Supreme Court is handling it’s job overall. Do you agree with recent rulings?

Join in on the conversation through the poll on our home page.

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