Is the Supreme Court really willing to kick 10 million people off health insurance?

This time, the fate of 10 million people are at stake

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The longstanding legal war being waged by conservatives against the Affordable Care Act has already claimed a number of victims. Nearly four million people in relatively poor households have been denied medical coverage because the of the Supreme Court's 2012 decision to re-write the ACA's historic expansion of Medicaid.

Still, the ACA has succeeded in getting millions of people health insurance, a state of affairs Republicans find intolerable. Hence, the recent litigation asserting — ludicrously — that Congress did not intend for subsidies to be made available on state health insurance exchanges created by the federal government. What will happen if the Supreme Court does the judicial equivalent of ruling that the Moops invaded Spain? Well, according to a new study conducted by the RAND Corporation, "Roughly 9.6 million people could lose medical coverage on ObamaCare's exchanges," an outcome that would "threaten the viability of the individual health insurance market" in the majority of states that allowed the feds to establish their exchanges.

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