ObamaCare’s Next Court Threat

A federal appeals court is poised to rule in a case that could blow a gaping hole in ObamaCare’s scheme for providing healthcare coverage.

The plaintiffs in Halbig v. Burwell argue that the healthcare law does not authorize the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to offer premium subsidies on the federal exchanges.

It’s an issue that strikes at the heart of the Affordable Care Act’s insurance benefits and could potentially end financial help for nearly 5 million enrollees.

That is, if the plaintiffs succeed. Legal experts have generally looked askance at the lawsuit, which has a losing record in federal court so far.

But some believe that a looming decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit could break that trend. A ruling could come out on Tuesday.

Either way, it’s a case that could wind up at the Supreme Court.