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OK Attorney General: D.C. Court's Decision Could Affect Oklahoma Lawsuit


Update 3:15pm: see NPR's story about another court decision that affirms the federal health care law, saying the state exchanges set up by the federal government can offer subsidies to people who purchase insurance through those subsidies.

Oklahoma's attorney general says a decision by a federal appeals court in Washington, D.C., against a provision of the federal health care law bolsters the state's lawsuit that challenges a similar provision of the Affordable Care Act.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit issued a 2-1 decision on Tuesday that the law authorizes health care subsidies only for people who buy insurance through markets established by the states -- not by the federal government.
Oklahoma is one of 36 states that did not establish its own exchange, and instead residents purchased coverage through a federal exchange. 

Oklahoma's Republican Attorney General Scott Pruitt has a pending lawsuit in federal court in Muskogee that challenges an IRS rule on the subsidies and the assessment of tax penalties.


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