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News Briefing for Wednesday, October 1, 2014

HEALTHCARE: Federal Court Deals Another Blow to Obamacare “Today in Pruitt v. Burwell, District Judge Ronald A. White of the Eastern District of Oklahoma followed the reasoning of the D.C. Circuit’s opinion in Halbig v. Sebelius, striking down the extension of unlawful tax subsidies even though Oklahoma had declined to establish its own state insurance exchange. The court concluded that the phrase “established by the State” means what it says. This may foreshadow an even deeper circuit split, underscoring how important it is that the Supreme Court review these cases at the soonest opportunity.  The court’s conclusion is worth quoting ...