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September 22, 2014

Enough Political Drama Over Legal Challenges to Obamacare

Drew Altman of The Wall Street Journal observes that “little attention has been paid to whether Americans will perceive Halbig as a legitimate legal question or as more inside-Washington politics.”

“Which framing prevails–if one does–matters politically as well as legally. The public generally objects when people view anti-ACA measures as Washington shenanigans.”

“Politicians should recognize that this is not just another battle over the Affordable Care Act. Depending on whether Halbig comes to be seen as a legitimate legal issue or another partisan political war playing out in the courts, this is another lawsuit that could shake public faith in our political and judicial systems.”

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