On the morning of March 4th, conservative activists from FreedomWorks and elsewhere braved the decidedly raw D.C. weather to make sure their voices were heard on King v. Burwell. As the case was argued inside the Supreme Court, activists who were outside heard from FreedomWorks’ Executive Vice President Adam Brandon, other conservative leaders, and Representatives Gohmert, Blackburn, and Heulskamp.
At stake in this case is the provision in ObamaCare that makes subsidies available under the law. Should the court rule in favor of King, citizens in states that did not set up their own exchanges would lose subsidies that had been illegally granted to them by the IRS.
What this would not be is the end of ObamaCare. As noted in a previous piece by Logan Albright:
This mindset is a delusion, and a dangerous one at that. To be sure, a favorable ruling from the Supreme Court would be a great opportunity, but it’s one that, if not taken advantage of, could end up doing more harm than good to the cause of health care freedom.
The above being said, what is the best way forward? FreedomWorks has outlined ten principles of health care reform that are worth considering regardless of what the Supreme Court decides this summer.