Is the Supreme Court poised to kill Obamacare?

The Supreme Court, and the majority right wing justices who are its death panel, are poised to kill Obamacare as they consider a challenge to the federal government providing assistance to poor people so they can get medical care. God knows right wingers don’t like poor people getting medical care.

On Friday, the Supreme Court agreed to hear a case that will determine whether the federal government can continue to subsidize private ACA coverage in states that didn’t set up their own insurance exchanges.

That case is King v. Burwell, but the issue at stake has come to be defined by a comparable case called Halbig v. Burwell.

The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against the challengers in King, but the Supreme Court agreed to grant cert to those challengers anyhow, despite the absence of a Circuit Court split. If the five conservative Supreme Court justices are so inclined, they can void ACA subsidies for millions of beneficiaries, and cripple the insurance markets in about three dozen states.

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