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Tri-State reacts to high court ruling on ObamaCare

Warren County Commissioner, Dave Young, who filed suit earlier this year claiming parts of the Affordable Care Act are illegal. (Source: Gordon Graham, FOX19 NOW) Warren County Commissioner, Dave Young, who filed suit earlier this year claiming parts of the Affordable Care Act are illegal. (Source: Gordon Graham, FOX19 NOW)
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The nations' highest court, agreeing with the Obama administration that government subsidies, which make health insurance affordable to millions of Americans, should be available to all.

[Related: Supreme Court upholds Obamacare federal subsidies]

Warren County Commissioner, Dave Young, who filed suit earlier this year claiming parts of the Affordable Care Act are illegal. Specifically the subsidies which help Americans enrolled in insurances exchanges pay for their premiums.  

Young says Warren County is being assessed more than $100-thousand to fund those subsidies and that, he argues, is unconstitutional.  

“We said wait a second I'm a government I don't pay taxes and there's an incredibly important federal constitutional issue there that nowhere in our country's history have we ever said that it's OK for one government to tax another government,” said Young. 

That tax is generated through the transitional reinsurance program, which is assessed to Warren County because they provide insurance outside of ObamaCare.

Warren County has been joined in its suit by the State of Ohio and four state universities. Young says for good reason. 

“I should not be paying into this because you're using my taxpayer dollars in the form of another tax on those that's unconstitutional. Period. End of story,” said Young.

Thursday's Supreme Court ruling upheld nationwide subsidies, which means money generated from governments like Warren County's or other bodies not enrolled in the ACA, will go to help keep costs low for agencies and Americans that are enrolled.

Young says the issue is now before a U.S. District Court in Columbus.  

Meanwhile, Sally Gasior, of Maineville, applauds the high court decision. She has an adult son cystic fibrosis and without those subsidies his health insurance premiums would have become very expensive. 

“My son's just not in a position because of his pre-existing condition to ever drop out and the costs could go up and up and up and up and they're just between a rock and a hard place trying to decide, you know, how to keep yourself well," said Gasior. 

One thing both Young and Gaisor agree on: the Supreme Court upheld the law as it was intended by Congress 
   
House Speaker John Boehner said: “ObamaCare is fundamentally broken, increasing health care costs and today's ruling doesn't change that fact.” 

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said: “The ruling won't change Obamacare's multitude of broken promises including the one that resulted in millions of Americans losing the coverage they wanted to keep.”


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