In it, but not of it. TPM DC

The Obama administration caught a glimpse of the worst-case scenario for the president's signature health care law on Tuesday in a ruling by a federal appeals court in Washington, D.C.

The ruling will be appealed, but even if it ends up being upheld, policy experts told TPM that it might be fairly easy for the administration to craft a workaround to keep a key piece of the law from falling apart.

The D.C. federal appeals court initially appeared to throw a stunning legal blow to Obamacare with its decision to invalidate financial subsidies offered through The loss of those subsidies could affect 4.7 million people and send premiums skyrocketing. But the ruling was quickly tempered by a separate appeals court ruling that upheld the subsidies in another case.

Either way, the legal case is far from over and likely to work its way through another court panel or two before possibly heading to the Supreme Court.

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Of the roughly 5.4 million people who purchased health insurance through this year, 87 percent -- 4.7 million -- received premium tax credits, according to the latest estimate from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Those are the people who would stand to lose their financial benefits under Obamacare if the U.S. appeals court decision on Tuesday that invalidated the subsidies offered through the federal website were to stand.

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Florida Gov. Rick Scott really doesn't want to talk about gay marriage.

The first-term Republican governor, who has opposed legal same-sex marriage since his 2010 race, is revealing his discomfort with his longstanding position as he runs a tough reelection race against Democrat Charlie Crist — who embraced marriage equality more than a year ago. Over the weekend Scott refused to say if he supports a judge's recent ruling in favor of gay marriage in the Florida Keys.

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A report published last week in the esteemed New England Journal of Medicine provided an overview of Obamacare's first year, its successes and the challenges ahead. It also offered a yet another estimate of the number of people covered by the law: 20 million.

The NEJM report pulled a wealth of information, much of it already known by those closely following the law's implementation but presented together by the journal, from think tanks and government agencies. It covered a range of topics, including the number of people covered, 2015 premiums, and the adequacy of provider networks for plans offered through the law.

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Sen. Mitch McConnell, facing perhaps the toughest reelection fight of his career, is obscuring his position on a number of policy issues, some of which he previously staked out aggressively and strictly enforced party discipline over.

The latest forecasts by the New York Times and FiveThirtyEight rate the minority leader as the most vulnerable GOP incumbent in the November Senate races, where Republicans have a considerable advantage. And although Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes has an uphill climb in bright red Kentucky, the Republican leader is taking no chances — even if it means backing away from some key policy positions he's taken that are unpopular with moderates.

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U.S. officials have apprehended more than 52,000 undocumented children at the Southern border since October, up nearly twofold from the previous year. Most of the children are coming from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala — all of which have experienced horrific gang violence and poverty as of late.

The influx of child migrants has surged to the No. 1 national issue for Americans. While the crisis has been months in the making, there are a handful of key events that helped elevate the story to wall-to-wall national news.

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Sen. Ted Cruz intends to use a bill mitigating the humanitarian crisis at the border to push for the deportation of undocumented youth who have been in the country for years, a move that is inflaming the already rancorous immigration debate.

The Texas Republican will fight to attach language to the bill calling for an end to President Barack Obama's program to defer deportation for qualified young people brought to the U.S. illegally as children (known as DACA), his office tells TPM.

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