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by Don Boudreaux on September 25, 2014

in Health, History, Hubris and humility, Innovation, Legal Issues, Politics, Seen and Unseen, Taxes, Video

Jonathan Adler and Michael Cannon expose the flimsiness of proffered excuses to overturn Halbig v. Burwell. A slice:

Nor does the statute support a contrary interpretation “when read in its entirety.” Tellingly, the economists [who challenge the ruling in Halbig] cite no statutory language authorizing the government to tax the plaintiffs. Nor do they offer contemporaneous statements from the law’s authors supporting their reinterpretation.

Nor is the claim that Congress intended to withhold subsidies in those 36 states “absurd.” Withholding federal subsidies in uncooperative states is how Congress sought to induce states to implement Obamacare’s other major coverage expansion, too. As enacted, the legislation threatened to withhold 12 times as much funding — and to deny health coverage to the poorest of the poor — in states that did not expand their Medicaid programs. As we write, Obamacare is revoking exchange subsidies from hundreds of thousands of enrollees based on residency status and income.

No Obamacare supporter wanted to take coverage away from the poorest of the poor. Yet not even Mr. Aaron, Mr. Cutler or Mr. Orszag could deny that is precisely how Congress intended the law to operate.

Sarah Skwire highlights yet another reason to be glad that we inhabit the modern, innovation-filled world.

Howie Baetjer was inspired by one of Russ’s recent EconTalk episodes.

In the Washington Post, Andres Martinez writes sensibly about tax inversions.

Adam C. Smith’s and Bruce Yandle’s new and must-read book is now out: Bootleggers & Baptists.  Bruce’s 1983 Regulation essay is the seed of this research.  See also this LearnLiberty video.  (Adam, by the way, earned his PhD in economics at GMU – and he is the great Bruce Yandle’s grandson.)

The Fraser Institute has forthcoming some great “Ask the Expert” web seminars.

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