The Republicans should offer an unconditional subsidy extension if the Supreme Court strikes them down
Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson (R) has offered a plan to extend the Obamacare state exchange subsidies into 2017 if the Supreme Court strikes them down this summer. The Republican Senate leadership is supporting his bill.
But Johnson has some pretty big conditions:
- Existing subsidies in the federally run exchanges would continue until September 1, 2017.
- The individual mandate would be struck down.
- The employer mandate would also be repealed.
- Obamacare's benefit mandates––the essential health package requirements––would be struck down enabling insurance companies to market any health insurance plans that complied under state law.
- Consumers could keep any pre-Obamacare policies still in effect.
- The subsidy extension would not apply to new enrollees––just those individuals and families getting subsidies at the time the Senator's bill became law.
But, Democrats just aren't going to go for this. They will point out that while the individual mandate was being struck down the guarantee issue provisions of Obamacare would still be intact leading to significant anti-selection and problems for the health insurance markets without at least a viable alternative to the individual mandate.