The Koch Brothers, the right-wing brothers who have poured billions of dollars into electing GOP politicians, are ready to play hardball against the Affordable Care Act if the Supreme Court rules against the federal distribution of health care subsidies.
The imminent Supreme Court decision King v. Burwell will decide whether those covered under Obamacare’s federally run exchanges will continue to receive subsidies to help them buy insurance plans, or whether millions of people registered in 34 largely Republican-backed states will find themselves unable to afford their health care.
If the Supreme Court rules in favor of the plaintiffs in King v. Burwell, the majority of states will be left scrambling to build their own exchanges if they want to preserve their residents’ access to subsidies. However, Koch-funded special interest group Americans for Prosperity, which self-identifies as “the nation’s foremost advocate for health care freedom,” is ready to pressureRepublican lawmakers to stay away from the creation of state-level exchanges.
“The President’s healthcare law is a disaster that has left a trail of broken promises throughout its history, which explains why 37 states have chosen NOT to participate in his planned healthcare exchanges,” said Americans for Prosperity in a press release earlier this month. “We urge the President to take off his rose colored glasses and have a realistic look at the havoc Obamacare is causing, and the negative impact his signature law is having on so many American families.”