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Chairman Camp Statement on the DC Circuit Court of Appeals Decision in Halbig v Sebelius

July 22, 2014

Washington, DC – Today, Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) issued the following statement on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that taxpayer-funded health insurance subsidies cannot be granted to individuals in the federal Exchange.
“Today’s decision is a victory for the rule of law.  The plain text of the law does not allow for tax credits in the federal Exchange.  President Obama cannot ignore this fact just because he doesn’t like what a Democrat-controlled Congress did.

“I submitted an amicus brief in this case because I believe in the rule of law and separation of powers.  The issue in question is whether President Obama can ignore what the statute plainly says and rewrite the law to fit his liking.  The Supreme Court will likely decide this case, and I believe the Supreme Court will say the answer to that question is no and will reaffirm that the President cannot simply ignore laws written and passed by Congress.”