Pallone Statement on Circuit Court Rulings on Affordable Care Act Health Insurance Tax Credits

Jul 22, 2014 Issues: Health Care

Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) issued the following statement in response to the conflicting rulings by the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals and the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals on whether the federal government can offer tax credits to individuals and families who purchase health coverage through the federal insurance exchange:

“Today’s ruling from the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals – that the federal government cannot provide tax credits to eligible individuals and families who purchase coverage through the federal insurance exchange – is wrong, plain and simple.  The more sensible ruling from the Fourth Circuit affirms what we have known all along: that qualified enrollees living in states that did not build their own insurance exchanges can be issued tax credits to purchase health insurance through the federal marketplace.  The D.C. Circuit’s ruling is just politics as usual and will have no effect on current or future enrollees.  I have full confidence that the judicial process will eventually overrule the D.C. Circuit’s decision so that the Affordable Care Act can continue providing millions of Americans with access to quality, affordable health care.”