MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange is praising a federal appeals court ruling against an important provision in President Barack Obama’s health care law.
Strange says he is proud to have joined other Republican attorneys general who opposed the law before an appeals court in Washington.
The divided court ruled Tuesday that federal subsidies to help millions of low and middle-income people pay insurance premiums apply only in states that set up their own insurance markets under the law. A federal court in Virginia unanimously ruled the opposite way.
Alabama is among the states that didn’t set up an exchange, and the Washington decision means residents may no longer be eligible for federal aid to make insurance more affordable.
Strange says the decision could cripple the entire law, which he opposes.
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