GOP scrambles to keep Obamacare subsidies on federal exchanges if SCOTUS strikes them down

GOP scrambles to keep Obamacare subsidies on federal exchanges if SCOTUS strikes them down

[Ed. – What’s more fold-y than a cheap suit?  Whatever it is, that describes our Republican leaders this past week.]

What happens if Republicans win the Supreme Court case against Obamacare? They might end up like the dog that caught the car.

Next Wednesday the court will hear oral arguments in King v. Burwell, the case challenging the payment of Obamacare subsidies through the federal exchanges. If the justices bar the payment of subsidies through those exchanges, it would be both a victory for the health law’s critics and a problem for Republicans running Congress.

Which is why a Senate GOP working group has been meeting for months to figure out what to do should the challenge to Obamacare succeed. …

Republicans are going to find a way to continue paying subsidies to the estimated 7.5 million Americans who receive taxpayer-funded help to pay their insurance premiums through the federal Obamacare exchange.

The prospect of seeing those people lose their subsidies — even though some have received them for a short period of time, and even though Obamacare has imposed burdensome costs on many other Americans — is just too much for Republican lawmakers to risk. …

One group member, Sen. Ben Sasse, has proposed a system based on the old “Cobra” law that allowed people to continue their health insurance after leaving a job. Under Sasse’s proposal, the subsidies would continue for 18 months, until Congress passes a new health law to supersede Obamacare.

Is that even remotely a possibility?

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