By BRIAN A. HOWEY
S.C. - On Wednesday, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments on King
v. Burwell that could determine the fate of Obamacare. The law’s
survival could come down to the vote of Hoosier-bred Chief Justice John
At stake is health coverage via the federal exchange
for almost 9 million Americans, and 218,000 Hoosiers. If Roberts were to
join conservative Justices Antonin Scalia, Samuel Alito, Clarence
Thomas and Anthony Kennedy, who all bitterly dissented in the 2012
challenge to Obamacare, a key component of the Affordable Care Act -
subsidies for those receiving coverage via the federal exchange - would
essentially kill the law. Some predict chaos in the sprawling health care sector if the law collapses.
this scenario walks presidentially ambitious Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, a
vociferous opponent of Obamacare, who repeatedly urges its repeal.
Pence will make a decision following the Indiana General Assembly
session on whether to seek reelection, or take a shot at a wide-open
Republican nomination. The Supreme Court decision will be announced in
June, which would be several weeks after Pence makes his political
decision. Part of that decision could be based on issues that will
propel the eventual nominee. And it is in the health care debate the
first-term Hoosier governor has a fascinating set of talking points.