Scott DesJarlais' argument on ACA could prevail in court

Scott DesJarlais' argument on ACA could prevail in court

July 8th, 2014 by The Tennessean in Local - Breaking News

Scott DesJarlais

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WASHINGTON - A federal court is about to rule on an argument against President Barack Obama's health care reform law that resembles one Rep. Scott DesJarlais advanced more than two years ago.

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia is expected to rule sometime this week, maybe as early as Tuesday, on a case involving the Affordable Care Act called Halbig vs. Burwell, which raises the same point DesJarlais, R-Jasper, raised through legislation he proposed in 2012.

His argument was - and is - that the actual wording of the law authorizes the Internal Revenue Service to extend tax credits and penalties to individuals and businesses in state-run health care exchanges but not to those in federally-run exchanges.

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