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Obamacare Just Got Dealt An Incredible Blow; Here's What Could Happen Next - Yahoo Finance

Obamacare enrollees strain Medicaid in Oregon | TribLIVE

AP Tuesdaywas a day full of twists and turns for the Affordable Care Act, one that could lead the law back to the U.S. Supreme Court. At the start of the day, Obamacare was struck a seemingly serious blow after a federal appeals court in Washington threw out an IRS regulation that allows for the implementation ofkey subsidies for health insurance under the law. It was a "stinging defeat" for the federal government a potential "deathblow," as The Huffington Post's banner put it. By the end of the day, though, another appeals court ruled in the law's favor in a separate case andthe Obama administration was declaring victory. It was affirmation, the White House said, that the morning's ruling was a mirage and had been "undermined." The plaintiffs in both cases decided by the appeals courts on Tuesday are challenging President Barack Obama's signature legislation by arguing the way it was written does not allow for subsidies to be provided by the federal government. They point to a statute that says subsidies should be issued to plans purchased"through an Exchangeestablished by the State under Section 1311"of the Affordable Care Act.
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The center comprised of nine clinics in northwestern Oregon, serveing 36,000 patients in Washington and Yamhill has been overwhelmed under the Affordable Health Care Act's Medicaid expansion. It has closed to new enrollees and is working through a backlog to assign thousands of patients to a doctor. (AP Photo/Gosia Wozniacka) Daily Photo Galleries Wednesday, July 23, 2014, 8:48p.m. Updated 9 hours ago PORTLAND, Ore. a Low-income Oregon residents were supposed to be big winners when the state expanded Medicaid under the federal health care overhaul and established a system to improve the care they received. But an Associated Press review shows that an unexpected rush of enrollees has strained the capacity of the revamped network that was endorsed as a potential national model, locking out some patients, forcing others to wait months for medical appointments and prompting a spike in emergency room visits, which state officials had been trying to avoid. The problems arise amid nationwide growing pains associated with the unprecedented restructuring of America's health care system, and they show the effects of a widespread physician shortage on a state that has embraced Medicaid expansion.
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