The Affordable Health Care Act is facing yet another challenge out of Virginia. This time four residents are asking a three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to invalidate the tax subsidies offered to people who purchase insurance through a federal healthcare exchange.
It’s the next chapter in the same sex marriage debate….and it’s set in Richmond. A three-judge panel with the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals whas heard oral arguments in the case of Bostic vs. Shaefer….better known as the challenge on Virginia’s ban on gay marriage.
It could take weeks, even months, for a ruling in the case.
Both sides have indicated they'll head next to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Every year V-DOT brings before the public a six year improvement program that includes new projects along with those that have been on the shelf for years, or even decades. But, this year's prioritizing may come undone.
What's next? It's the question being asked all over the Commonwealth after some lawmakers said if Medicaid expansion isn't part of the new budget, they ARE willing to hold out BEYOND the July 1st start of the new fiscal year. One political analyst agrees that whichever side blinks first could lose ground with that constituency—but there may be an alternative.