The Day After
King v. Burwell

Commonwealth Fund
Mar 4, 2015 · 6 min read

Here’s What Will Happen If 7.5 Million People Lose Health Insurance Subsidies

There is a very real possibility that the Supreme Court of the United States could rule against the Obama Administration in King v. Burwell. If they do, the human cost will be swift and palpable.

As many as 7.5 million people who wake up the day of the decision secure in the knowledge that they have health insurance they can afford, that they can get health care when they need it, and that an accident won’t drive them into debt, could head to bed in an entirely different position.

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The Affordable Care Act Is Doing What It’s Supposed to Do.

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What Would Go Wrong if the Administration Loses King v. Burwell?

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By one estimate, the Subsidy Shutdown could result in 9,800 preventable deaths annually.

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