Hoyer Statement on Circuit Court Rulings on Affordable Care Act Health Insurance Subsidies

For Immediate Release:

July 22, 2014


Mariel Saez 202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today after the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals and the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals issued contradictory rulings on the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance subsidies:

“I disagree with today’s D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that the federal government cannot provide subsidies to qualifying enrollees in the federally run health insurance marketplace.  When writing the Affordable Care Act, Congress’s intent was clear – whether one accesses insurance coverage through their state’s marketplace or through the one established by the federal government to serve those in states that chose not to set up marketplaces of their own, eligible enrollees ought to be able to receive a subsidy to help them afford coverage.  Additionally, the Congressional Budget Office included subsidies for those enrolling through the federal marketplace in its analysis of the Affordable Care Act’s savings and its expansion of coverage access. 

“The D.C. Circuit’s terrible decision comes on the same day as a more sound ruling by the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, which found that the subsidies are indeed permissible.  I am confident that the judicial process, as it moves forward, will see the Fourth Circuit’s determination upheld and the D.C. Circuit’s decision overruled.  The Affordable Care Act continues to do what it was created to do, and that is enabling millions of Americans to access quality, affordable health insurance and ending discriminatory practices that undermined so many Americans’ ability to pay for the care they need.  Democrats will continue to stand up for the Affordable Care Act’s cost savings provisions and patient protections.”
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