The U.S. Supreme Court will decide this month whether millions of Americans, including 198,000 Missourians, will keep government subsidies used to purchase health insurance. The case has inspired grim predictions and an array of contingency plans for if the subsidies are struck down.
Congressional Republicans have suggested a few proposals that would save the subsidies, but they would repeal major tenets of President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act in the process. Some health care advocates say such changes would not be an adequate response to the elimination of the subsidies.
The case centers around whether 6.4 million Americans who purchased health insurance through HealthCare.gov qualify for subsidies to help defray the cost of insurance. The Obama administration says they do, but opponents of the health care law say such subsidies should only apply in states with state-run health insurance exchanges.