FROM THE NAHU Association: The rejection Wednesday of another legal challenge to the Affordable Care Act generated heavy media coverage, though no network news broadcasts picked up the news. The ruling was largely seen as a victory for the Obama Administration. In its account, the New York Times (1/16, Pear, Subscription Publication) reports Federal District Court Judge Paul Friedman dismissed a legal challenge “to a central part” of the Affordable Care Act Wednesday, “ruling that millions of low- and moderate-income people could obtain health insurance subsidies regardless of whether they bought coverage through the federal insurance exchange or in marketplaces run by the states.” Friedman said, “The plain text of the statute, the statutory structure and the statutory purpose make clear that Congress intended to make premium tax credits available on both state-run and federally facilitated exchanges.”
The Washington Post (1/16, Somashekhar) notes that the lawsuit “would have gutted” the Affordable Care Act by “preventing the government from giving out subsidies to people buying health insurance” in every state not running its own insurance exchange.
The Wall Street Journal (1/16, Kendall, Subscription Publication) notes that while this ruling is a victory for the Obama Administration, it is still fending off several challenges to the ACA in court. Similarly, the Los Angeles Times (1/16, Levey) notes that “three similar suits are still pending before other judges around the country.”
Several outlets explain the importance of the case right in their headlines. Reuters (1/16, Ingram) titled its coverage “US judge upholds subsidies pivotal to Obamacare,” and the Washington Times (1/16, Howell) headline reads “Federal judge backs Obamacare subsidies in win for administration.”