White House rebuffs ObamaCare challenge

The Obama administration is dismissing the latest legal challenge against the Affordable Care Act as “just another partisan attempt” to undermine the law.

The Supreme Court announced in a surprise move Friday that it would take up another case targeting ObamaCare, which supporters warn could fundamentally weaken the law’s effect. The White House promptly began delivering an assurance that the court would ultimately rule in its favor.

“We are confident that the Supreme Court will recognize both the clear reading of the entire law, and the certain intent of Congress in crafting it,” a statement from press secretary Josh Earnest reads.

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“These lawsuits won’t stand in the way of the Affordable Care Act and the millions of Americans who can now afford health insurance because of it,” the statement continues.

The case, King v. Burwell, questions whether the federal government can legally hand out healthcare subsidies in 34 states. About 87 percent of people enrolled in ObamaCare are receiving subsidies, or about 4 million people.

The Obama administration is set to begin its second year of open enrollment on Nov. 15. The White House said Friday that people should continue to sign up for coverage next week as planned.

“American families who have already enrolled, or are planning to sign up during the open enrollment period beginning on November 15th should know that nothing has changed: tax credits and affordable coverage remain available,” the statement reads.  

While political tension over ObamaCare has quieted over the last year as coverage went into effect for millions of people, this week’s wave of Republican victories has refocused attention on the still-unpopular law.