A federal appeals court Friday ruled against a Pennsylvania man who lost his health plan because of Obamacare and complained that religious exemptions from the law left secular objectors in the cold.
The plaintiff, Jeffrey Cutler, failed to convince the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit that he shouldn’t have to pay a tax for flouting the law’s “individual mandate” because his objection to being forced into Obamacare-compliant coverage was just as valid as ones from religious sects.
The case presented a high-level test of President Obama’s flawed promise that “if you like your plan, you can keep it.”
That vow proved untrue when millions received cancellation notices in fall 2013 saying their non-grandfathered plans no longer met Obamacare’s requirements. Under political pressure, the administration allowed policy holders to renew non-compliant plans through late 2016, although states and insurers could choose not to participate.