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KING V SEBELIUS AHA Amicus

KING V SEBELIUS AHA Amicus

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A group of four plaintiffs in Virginia filed a lawsuit on September 16, 2013 against the federal government over an IRS regulation imposed under the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), a regulation that will force the plaintiffs to pay exorbitant fines, cut back employees’ hours, or severely burden their businesses.

This document is an amicus by the American Hospital Association in support of the government's motion for summary judgment, November 18, 2013.

View more about the case at cei.org/obamacare.
A group of four plaintiffs in Virginia filed a lawsuit on September 16, 2013 against the federal government over an IRS regulation imposed under the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), a regulation that will force the plaintiffs to pay exorbitant fines, cut back employees’ hours, or severely burden their businesses.

This document is an amicus by the American Hospital Association in support of the government's motion for summary judgment, November 18, 2013.

View more about the case at cei.org/obamacare.

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Published by: Competitive Enterprise Institute on Nov 21, 2013
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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURTFOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF VIRGINIARichmond Division
DAVID KING,
 et al.
,Plaintiffs,v.KATHLEEN SEBELIUS,U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services,
et al.
Defendants.Civil Action No. 3:13-cv-00630-JRS
BRIEF OF THE AMERICAN HOSPITAL ASSOCIATION AS AMICUS CURIAE INSUPPORT OF DEFENDANTS
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
PageTABLE OF AUTHORITIES........................................................................................................iiSTATEMENT OF INTEREST.....................................................................................................1SUMMARY OF ARGUMENT....................................................................................................1ARGUMENT................................................................................................................................2I. ELIMINATING SUBSIDIES IN STATES WITH FEDERALLYFACILITATED EXCHANGES WILL HARM MILLIONS OFAMERICANS AND BADLY UNDERCUT THE ACA.............................................2A. Subsidies Are Critical To Make Insurance Affordable Under TheACA...................................................................................................................2B. The Loss Of Subsidies Would Be Particularly Harmful GivenThe Refusal Of Many States To Expand Medicaid...........................................6C. The Loss Of Subsidies Would Undercut The ACA...........................................7II. ELIMINATING SUBSIDIES IN STATES WITH FEDERALLYFACILITATED EXCHANGES WILL HARM HOSPITALS ANDFURTHER FRAY THE ALREADY FRAGILE SAFETY NET..............................8A. Subsidies Were Designed To Help Offset Hospitals’ LossesUnder The ACA.................................................................................................8B. The Absence Of Subsidies Would Force Hospitals To ShouldeEven More Of The Burden To Pay For The Nation’s Health Care...................12III. THIS COURT SHOULD REJECT PLAINTIFFSINTER-PRETATION AS CONTRARY TO CONGRESSIONAL INTENTAND INCOMPATIBLE WITH THE ACA’S STRUCTURE..................................13CONCLUSION.............................................................................................................................15
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TABLE OF AUTHORITIES
Page
C
ASES
:
 American Tobacco Co.
 v.
 Patterson
,456 U.S. 63 (1982)...............................................................................................................2, 14
Chesapeake Ranch Water Co.
 v.
 Bd. of Com’rs of Calvert County
,401 F.3d 274 (4th Cir. 2005) ...................................................................................................14
 Kaseman
 v.
 District of Columbia
,444 F.3d 637 (D.C. Cir. 2006).................................................................................................14
 Lynch
 v.
 Overholser 
,369 U.S. 705 (1962).................................................................................................................13
 Nat’l Fed. of Indep. Business
 v.
 Sebelius
,132 S. Ct. 2566 (2012)...............................................................................................................6
United States
 v.
 Bice-Bey
,701 F.2d 1086 (4th Cir. 1983) .............................................................................................2, 14
United States
 v.
 Brown
,333 U.S. 18 (1948)...................................................................................................................13
United States
 v.
 Campos-Serrano
,404 U.S. 293 (1971).................................................................................................................14
S
TATUTES
:
26 U.S.C. § 36B.........................................................................................................................3, 1342 U.S.C. § 300gg(a).......................................................................................................................742 U.S.C. §§ 300gg1-4 ....................................................................................................................742 U.S.C. § 1395ww(b)(3)(B)(xi)..................................................................................................1142 U.S.C. § 1395ww(b)(3)(B)(xii) ................................................................................................1142 U.S.C. § 1395ww(r)....................................................................................................................942 U.S.C. § 1396r-4(f)(7) ................................................................................................................942 U.S.C. § 18021(a)(1)(B) .............................................................................................................342 U.S.C. §§ 18031-18044 ..............................................................................................................2
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