Republicans have been trying to overturn President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare legislation for the past five years, but are likely to start offering specifics this year, Politico reports.
That’s not only because the GOP will have majorities in both houses of Congress starting Tuesday, but also because a pending Supreme Court decision is hastening their action.
Justices in March are set to hear King v. Burwell, which is described as the most serious challenge yet to the Affordable Care Act, popularly known as Obamacare. Should the justices rule against the ACA, people who receive subsidies in all but the 13 states that are running their own health exchanges would be dropped, cutting a major part of the law’s funding.
Because of a glitch in the way the law was written, ACA opponents argue that subsidies cannot be paid to people who live in states where the health exchanges are run by the federal government.