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Tax Credits On Federally Created Exchanges: Lessons From A Legislative Process Failure Theory Of Statutory Interpretation, Mark Seidenfeld Jan 2015

Tax Credits On Federally Created Exchanges: Lessons From A Legislative Process Failure Theory Of Statutory Interpretation, Mark Seidenfeld

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Opponents to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA or Act) have mounted yet another seemingly formidable challenge to basic provisions of the Act, focusing on whether the Act authorizes insurance premium tax credits for individuals who obtain insurance on an American Health Benefit Exchange (Exchange) established by the federal government. The argument against construing the Act to allow such tax subsidies depends largely on applying technical tools of statutory interpretation, usually associated with the Textual school of interpretation, to various provisions of the Act to discern that the best objective reading authorizes premium tax credits only to individuals …