I've never been a "blog-every-story-every-day" blogger. It's easier to tweet the stories of the day (follow me @rumpfshaker if you aren't already) and occasionally write some longer commentary when I have time and schedule the post to go live the next day.
I don't often get to break stories.
But apparently I do today....or, at least, I get to break the story of my little role in a much bigger story.
You may have noticed a Wall Street Journal article today about a new lawsuit filed challenging Obamacare:
Opponents of the health-care overhaul have filed a new lawsuit Thursday against the federal government on behalf of four individuals and three employers in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
The complaint focuses on the law’s distribution of federal subsidies for Americans to purchase insurance, and whether people can get them if they live in one of the 33 states that have refused to set up their own insurance exchanges and have left that task up to the federal government.
The health law was designed around the idea that states would run exchanges where people could compare insurance plans and apply for the subsidies. Some critics say that language in the legislation bars the Obama administration from allowing those subsidies to be distributed in exchanges run by the federal government.
The individual plaintiffs in the new lawsuit, from Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia – states that didn’t set up exchanges — say they should not be considered eligible for the subsidies and should not have to pay a fine if they don’t purchase insurance.
The “subsidies actually serve to financially injure and restrict the economic choices of certain individuals,” the new complaint says. “For these people, the Subsidy Expansion Rule, by making insurance less ‘unaffordable,’ subjects them to the individual mandate’s requirement to purchase costly, comprehensive health insurance that they otherwise would forgo.”You can read the full complaint here.
Recognize any names?
Yes, I am Plaintiff #4 in this lawsuit. I'm sure I'll have more to say as this case progresses, but there's a really good description of the theory of the case posted here that I encourage you to read.
I don't know any of the other plaintiffs, but my situation is that I have been purchasing my own insurance for the past several years. I'm lucky and I don't have a complicated health history, so I have been buying simple, higher deductible policies so I make sure that I have health insurance coverage if I have a catastrophic accident or get cancer or some other chronic health problem, instead of a more comprehensive policy.
I do not want or need the level of coverage that Obamacare mandates. As with many ways the federal government interferes with our lives, Uncle Sam is not a better judge of what is best for me.
I'm very impressed with the attorneys at Jones Day and their approach to the case. They have done an excellent job cutting to the heart of the argument and explaining why these provisions should be overturned.
Should be interesting! I wrote a lot of this last night and it's been interesting to see how the story unfolded today. Several people who know me wrote about the lawsuit but didn't notice my name as a plaintiff. So here I am getting to break a little piece of a story. Anyway, follow me on twitter and keep reading here, and I'll be sure to keep you posted.
[If you have any questions, I would prefer media inquiries to be submitted in writing to sarahrumpf at gmail dot com, and I'll get back to you after work hours. Thank you.]
Competitive Enterprise Institute | Small Business Owners Sue Over IRS Obamacare Power Grab
Full copy of PPACA Complaint
Wall Street Journal | Washington Wire | Obamacare Gets New Court Challenge
Follow me on Twitter at @rumpfshaker