Health Secretary: Administration Has No Backup Plan If Court Strikes Down ACA Subsidies


The Associated Press reports that HHS Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell told Congress Tuesday that the Administration has no contingency plans in case the Supreme Court strikes down the Affordable Care Act’s subsidies for states using the Federal exchange. In a letter to Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Burwell wrote, “We know of no administrative actions that could, and therefore we have no plans that would, undo the massive damage to our health care system that would be caused by an adverse decision.” According to the AP, the letter “continued the administration’s tough stance in its building confrontation with Republican lawmakers in advance of an expected Supreme Court decision in June.”

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