CAC Responds To Fourth Circuit Ruling In King v. Burwell

Washington, DC – On news that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit issued its decision today in King v. Burwell (formerly King v. Sebelius), upholding key tax subsidies under the Affordable Care Act, CAC President Doug Kendall issued the following reaction:


“Minutes after the D.C. Circuit ruling in Halbig v. Burwell, which would effectively gut the ACA, a unanimous three-judge panel on the Fourth Circuit came to precisely the opposite conclusion. Of the eight judges who have now considered the plaintiffs’ rather absurd challenge to the meaning of the ACA, six have decisively rejected these claims.


“We are confident that the en banc D.C. Circuit will follow suit in the near future.”






*  CAC “friend of the court” brief on behalf of Senate Majority Leader Reid, House Democratic Leader Pelosi, committee chairs in office when the ACA was passed, plus state officials in office when the ACA was being debated: 


*  “’Kick Millions Off Health Insurance’ To Save Four People . . . Nothing?” Simon Lazarus, May 28, 2014: 




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