UPDATE: Idaho Reaction to Supreme Court Ruling, Upholding Obamacare Subsidies 

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The U.S. Supreme Court handed down a critical decision early Thursday, upholding federal subsidies as a key component of the Affordable Care Act. Currently, about 85 percent of customers using health insurance exchanges to secure health care qualify for subsidies to help pay for their coverage.

But a phrase in the Affordable Care Act indicates that subsidies are available only to people buying insurance through a state-run exchange such as Idaho's. To date, 34 states are still relying on the federal-run exchange, and Obamacare critics insisted that the phrase forbade the federal government to provide subsidies in states that don't have their own exchanges. Obamacare supporters argued that the phrase was only added to the Affordable Care Act by the U.S. Congress to encourage more states to establish their own exchanges.

In a 6-3 decision, with Chief Justice John Roberts writing the majority opinion, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that President Barack Obama's signature health care law may indeed continue providing those tax subsidies to all qualified Americans, whether they are on a state-run exchange or federally managed exchange. The court's three most conservative members—Justices Samuel Alito, Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas—dissented.

Approximately 10.2 million Americans have secured health coverage through Obamacare as of this summer.

Idaho Congressman Raul Labrador immediately pushed back against the ruling, sending out a statement shortly thereafter:

“I am stunned that the Supreme Court expanded the power of the executive branch to rewrite law it doesn’t like. Not only does this decision prop up a failed policy, it enshrines the principle that the president can trump Congress."
Idaho U.S. Senator Mike Crapo added that he was disappointed in Thursday's ruling:

“The court did not rule on the merits of Obamacare, but, rather, on a one sentence provision in a 2700-page ill-advised law. Obamacare is broken—plain and simple." 
But a statement from Your Health Idaho reminds Idahoans that Thursday's Supreme Court ruling should have little effect on Idahoans who secure healthcare coverage through the Gem State's own exchange:

“No matter what the U.S. Supreme Court decided today, Your Health Idaho customers were always going to continue to have access to tax credits to help pay for health insurance costs because we are a state-based exchange. While other states spent a lot of time worrying about what the Supreme Court might decide, we were able to focus on taking care of our customers because of the wise decision our lawmakers made three years ago. Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter and state representatives knew from the very beginning the best way to serve Idahoans was to ensure we maintained control of our exchange and didn’t let important health insurance decisions fall into the hands of the federal government.” 

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