In one of their last ploys to undercut Obamacare before it becomes firmly entrenched, conservatives are arguing that people who purchase coverage through HealthCare.gov shouldn't be allowed to receive financial help from the law.
They insist Congress intended for the assistance to be available only through state-run websites as a way of forcing states to create them. The only problem is: The people who actually wrote the law say they're wrong.
Two staff-level sources directly involved in drafting the law told TPM that no one intended to block subsidies from being administered through the federal website. Instead, they blame the poorly worded phrase on which conservative have based their case on the unusual legislative process through which Obamacare became law.
"I don't even understand how the question is being asked," one source said, "except you could go through the law and find all sorts of issues that probably could have been drafted clearer. I think the opponents of health reform are just scanning for inconsistencies and poorly drafted language and trying to exploit them."
"It never crossed anyone's mind that tax credits couldn't be accessed through the federal exchange," a second source told TPM, "because that would make no sense and isn't consistent with the clear intent and structure of the statute."
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