ACA provisions upheld by Virginia court, medical societies file amici brief

  • July 22, 2014

Two hours after the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled in a split decision that provisions of the Affordable Care Act providing tax incentives for low-income citizens to purchase health insurance were unconstitutional, the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit unanimously upheld the provisions.

The appeal claimed that very specific language written into the ACA, also known as Obamacare, conflict with the authority of the Internal Revenue Service regarding tax credits to would-be insureds and penalties for those who opt out in states that have not set up their own exchanges. In King v. Burwell court paperwork, three judges wrote that the IRS interpretation of the law is not contrary to the language in which the law is written.

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