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Senator Blunt Scheduled to Tour Southwest Missouri
By Felicia Lawrence
JOPLIN, MO.--- Earlier this week, an appellate court in Washington D.C. ruled that federal insurance subsidies are illegal. That very same day, another appellate court in Richmond, Virginia ruled that the subsidies are legal for people who get their healthcare through Obamacare. United States Senator Roy Blunt says the split decision hurts Americans and is detrimental to the Affordable Care Act.
"That could mean that there are all kinds of people all over the country who have insurance who couldn't have afforded to buy that level of coverage on their own, that may or may not now qualify for the government assistance that they're currently getting," said Roy Blunt, U.S. Senator.
Representatives of the White House are not as concerned about the rulings. Press Secretary Josh Earnest says the decisions should not effect the people currently receiving health care through the Affordable Care Act.
"This will work its way through the legal process and we are confident in the legal case that the Department of Justice will be making," said Josh Earnest, White House Press Secretary.
So where does that leave Missourians? At this point, legislators expect this issue to go before the supreme court. Senator Blunt says even though we're waiting in limbo with millions of other Americans, Missouri voters should be glad they didn't spend millions of dollars on the state exchange.
"The one thing that we know that Missouri voters didn't do because there was no exchange, is we didn't spend two or three hundred million dollars only to find out that we didn't have an exchange that wouldn't work, like Massachusetts did and Oregon did. And then have to spend more money to transition to the federal exchange," said Blunt.
For now, the law remains unchanged and the subsidized policies are unaffected until the legal case plays out.