In Letter to Congress, HHS Secretary Burwell Explains Administration has No Options if they Lose King v. Burwell


“In a letter to members of Congress on Tuesday, HHS Secretary Burwell said there’s no available administrative fix if the Supreme Court limits the subsidies.

“We know of no administrative actions that could, and therefore we have no plans that would, undo the massive damage to our health care system” resulting from a loss in the case, she said.

It says millions of people would lose the ability to buy health insurance, depleting the coverage pool, and leaving a large number of people in the system who have health problems. That, in turn, would raise the cost of insurance to those still in the system and make hospital emergency rooms once again the only resort for million of Americans.”

Or, as the Fiscal Times puts it:

“If the Supreme Court rules against a key Obamacare provision, the White House won’t be able to save it.”

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