If the Halbig plaintiffs win their appeal, Pollack and Jost both said they expect the Obama administration to immediately request a review of the decision by the entire 11-active judge lineup of the U.S. Circuit Court for the District of Columbiaa so-called en banc review. And of the three judges who heard oral arguments in the cases in March, two of themthe ones considered most likely to side with Halbigwill not be part of an en banc review because they have senior judge status, as opposed to active status on the court. At the same time, another similar case is pending before a panel of judges in the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals, where Cannon said, "I'm not optimistic" of the claim winning there. Plaintiffs in the cases based on Cannon's claim could, if they lose at the appellate level, ask the Supreme Court to hear their claim. But there is no automatic right to appeal to the high court, and if the circuit courts aren't split in their decisions, it makes it less likely that the Supreme Court would take the case to resolve the dispute. Jost, for one, is skeptical that even if the Supreme Court took the cases, it would rule that the subsidies on the federal exchange are illegal.
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It's complicated, of course, and precise explanations aren't readily at hand. But, expensive hospital readmissions are down. And .... The health care law[Obamacare] included lots of changes to the way that doctors get paid within the Medicare program, all aimed at getting doctors to provide better care at lower costs. That's true, for example, with readmissions: Obamacare now penalizes hospitals when their patient shows up for a second visit that didn't need to happen, if everything had gone right the first time. Facts don't matter to the faithful, of course. Obama and his health bill MUST be bad. Still .... "The numbers are impressive, and the consecutive year-to-year reductions in projected Medicare spending are unprecedented," Kaiser Family Foundation's Tricia Neuman and Juliette Cubanski, who drew up the above chart, write.
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