Ellison Barber Discusses Obamacare Developments on Happening Now

February 5, 2015

If the Supreme Court were to rule against the White House on Obamacare subsidies, more than 6 million Americans would lose their subsidies, therefore unraveling the law.

The Free Beacon’s Ellison Barber said that nothing will get done on health care until after the Supreme Court announces its ruling on the pivotal case King v. Burwell.

"If for a reason they ruled against the White House, it would be a big deal," Barber said.

Barber went on Fox News’ Happening Now to discuss the state of the president’s health care law Thursday afternoon.

"So many people are depending on the subsidies," Barber said. "People in 37 states – that’s a lot – are in the federal exchange. It would cause a big problem and people could not afford it anymore, it would be a massive blow to the law."

White House officials have said that they have no back up plan should the Supreme Court strike down a key portion of the law, but Barber reported that officials do not believe they will need one. The White House remains convinced that the law will not be touched by the court.

Republicans, meanwhile, have unveiled their own alternative to Obamacare. Sens. Richard Burr and Orrin Hatch joined with Rep. Fred Upton to create a new and improved Patient CARE Act.

Barber highlighted a few of the differences between the plan and Obamacare but suggested that it is unlikely to gain traction in Congress.

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