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Supreme Court should tackle health care reform subsidies
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Whether federal premium subsidies are available to individuals seeking health insurance coverage in federal exchanges is a legal controversy the U.S. Supreme Court should agree to decide. On the same day last month, two federal appeals courts ruled differently on an issue that directly affects millions and, more broadly, the entire health care delivery system.

In the first ruling on July 22, the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled that the law — contrary to Internal Revenue Service regulations — only permits federal premium subsidies to lower-income individuals seeking coverage in the 14 states, plus the District of Columbia, that have set up health insurance exchanges.