WASHINGTON D.C. (WTAQ) - Wisconsinites who expect tax subsidies to cover part of their Obamacare are confused by a pair of conflicting court rulings Tuesday.
Tuesday morning, the federal appeals court in Washington ruled that the subsidies do not apply to buyers in Wisconsin and the other 35 states that use the federal purchasing exchange.
Later, a federal appeals panel in Richmond Virginia acted the other way in a similar case -- ruling that the IRS correctly ordered consumers in all 50 states to get federal Obamacare subsidies.
The White House declared that policyholders -- including the 100,000-plus in Wisconsin -- will keep getting the financial aid they expect, while the administration sorts out the implications of Tuesday's rulings.
State Republicans pointed their fingers toward the White House. A spokesman for Governor Scott Walker said the federal government's "one size fits all" approach is unsustainable.
Supporters of Obamacare said Walker's the one who can fix this. Robert Kraig of Wisconsin Citizen Action said now might be a good time for Wisconsin to revisit its refusal to set up a tailor made state exchange.
He said any decision that upholds the lack of subsidies in a federal exchange could make it hard for 4.5 million Americans nationwide to keep paying for their coverage. He said Wisconsin already developed a prototype for a state exchange, and it behooves the state to take second look at it, just in case.
(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)