Republicans Mull Extending Subsidies If Court Deals Obamacare Blow

U.S. congressional Republicans on Wednesday discussed extending subsidies to Americans who may otherwise be unable to afford their health insurance if the Supreme Court rules soon against President Barack Obama’s healthcare law, Republican lawmakers and aides said.

Republicans met behind closed doors in the House of Representatives and separately in the Senate to talk about their options after the court rules in the case, known as King v. Burwell, the aides said. That ruling is expected by the end of this month.

A ruling for the plaintiffs could mean 6.4 million low- and middle-income Americans will lose the tax subsidies that now help them afford insurance premiums when buying plans under the 2010 Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

The case was brought by libertarian activists. A number of Republicans, long opponents of Obamacare, fear they will take the political blame if millions of Americans lose their coverage.