Before King v. Burwell was decided last week by the U.S. Supreme Court, in a decision written by Chief Justice John Roberts, it was called “King v. Sebelius.” The case’s name changed when Sylvia Burwell succeeded Kathleen Sebelius as U.S. secretary of health and human services. So what did Sebelius, a former Kansas governor, make of the court’s 6-3 decision upholding federal health care subsidies for residents of all states, not just those with state-run insurance exchanges? “This is definitive,” Sebelius said Friday at the Aspen Ideas Festival, according to the Atlantic. “What was at stake was 34 states, 6.4 million people who have subsidized insurance policies. If the court had ruled for the plaintiffs, they would be subject to losing the subsidies that made their insurance affordable and thus lose their insurance. Roberts … basically said, you need to look at what Congress intended. Congress intended to help fix the insurance market, not destroy the insurance market.” Soon after the decision, Sebelius told MSNBC: “I can’t control the politics of the Republicans in Congress who want to keep replaying like ‘Groundhog Day,’ re-ligate this topic. But I think there’s no question that the American people have moved on.” – Rhonda Holman
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