Grasping At Straws

As you know, one of the final desperate legal maneuvers to derail Obamacare is wending its way through the courts. This one is predicated on one badly worded piece of the law that conservative opponents argue means no tax credits should be available to anyone who obtains health insurance through the federal exchange, the effect of which would be to unwind the most important provisions of the law.

The argument is absurd on its face. If you read the Affordable Care Act as whole, it’s clear that subsidies were not just intended for consumers who obtain insurance through the state-based exchanges. But what do those who were at the drafting table when the bill was compiled recall about this provision and what Congress intended? We talked to two key players who were in the room. Here’s what they have to say.