ACA being dismantled one court ruling at a time
Regarding “D.C. appeals court strikes down ACA insurance subsidies for federal exchanges” (ModernHealthcare.com, July 22), I guess Nancy Pelosi is vindicated for saying that, “We have to pass the bill so you can find out what is in it—away from the fog of the controversy.”
The problem with comprehensive laws of any nature (the ACA legislation was more than 2,000 pages long), is that there are bound to be things that would have been better left out of the bill. This is one of the parts that turns out to be illegal. Further, many of the most egregious and onerous demands on the population haven’t yet fully kicked in, so there are other aggrieved parties with standing ready to sue.
The Hobby Lobby case, and now this one, are tearing the law to shreds, one aggrieved party at a time.
If the goal is catching a mouse, this law is like the game Mouse Trap, where several dozen pieces of elaborate and precariously balanced apparatus must all work perfectly well, and if you are lucky, the mouse gets caught. If even one of the interrelated pieces is found unlawful, the entire contraption becomes worthless. Whereas a simple mousetrap with only two moving parts (the spring and the release) works pretty much every time.
Rube Goldberg would be proud of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, if only it worked as advertised.
Morton Grove, Ill.