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Affordable Care Act’s Critics Seek to Block Health Subsidies

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Critics of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) have filed additional legal motions in the ongoing Halbig v. Sebelius case asking the courts to move quickly to block federal officials from giving people subsidies under the law.

On September 10, attorneys for the Halbig plaintiffs filed a motion for a preliminary injunction requesting a hearing on that motion before October 1, along with a second motion also seeking to expedite the case. They argue that the wording in the ACA precludes people in the 34 states with federally run exchanges from getting subsidies. The law says U.S. residents can receive coverage for subsidies in the exchanges, but plaintiffs’ attorneys argue that the law’s actual language stipulates that only people in state-run exchanges qualify.

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