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Burwell Says It’s Up To States, Congress To Help Consumers If Court Strikes Down Subsidies
Kaiser Health News

It will be up to state officials and Congress to help consumers who can’t afford health insurance if the Supreme Court strikes down health law subsidies for millions of Americans, Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell said Wednesday.

“The critical decisions will sit with the Congress and states and governors to determine if those subsidies are available,” Burwell told the House Ways and Means Committee. The secretary told Congress earlier this year that the administration has no authority to undo “massive damage” that would come if the court invalidates the subsidies in the online marketplaces, or exchanges, which the federal government operates in about three dozen states.

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