In anticipation of the upcoming SCOTUS decision on King v. Burwell, legislators from around the country are continuing to send letters to Congress urging them to seize the opportunity created by this Supreme Court case and repair the damage caused by the “ill-coinceived, poorly-written law.” The latest letter comes from Iowa State Representative Linda Miller.

The full text of Rep. Miller’s letter can be seen here or downloaded below.

June 22, 2015

The Honorable John Boehner
Speaker of the United States House of Representatives
H-232 The Capitol
Washington, DC 20515

The Honorable Mitch McConnell
Majority Leader of the United States Senate
317 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510

Dear Mr. Boehner and Mr. McConnell:

The United States Supreme Court will soon issue its ruling in the King v. Burwell case challenging the legality of an Internal Revenue Service rule that distributes taxpayer-funded subsidies to enrollees in health plans administered through federally-run insurance exchanges created by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, commonly known as ObamaCare.

We are sympathetic to the exchange enrollees currently receiving subsidies the Court may deem illegal. It is unfortunate those patients, and our neighbors, might be put into yet another difficult position because of an ill-conceived, poorly-written law and the IRS’s poor interpretation of it.

That is why we are urging you and your colleagues in Congress to seize the opportunity to rollback ObamaCare’s harmful mandates and to fix the law once and for all.

If subsidies for federal exchanges are ruled illegal, you will have to act. What you do will have long-lasting implications for families and taxpayers in all of our states.

Health care is profoundly personal and our constituents have no interest in seeing Washington politicize it once again. They want freedom, flexibility and peace of mind knowing they can access affordable care when they need it. They want reforms that will help everybody. They do not want ObamaCare 2.0 and doubling down on bad policies.

We encourage you to open up ObamaCare and make changes that would allow our constituents to:

• Purchase the health plans they want—including plans available pre-ObamaCare in addition to the ones currently sold—not just what Washington DC tells them they should have.
• More flexibility for when they purchase coverage, not just when Washington DC decides to host open enrollment.
• Have subsidies that can be used for any health plan that meets their needs, instead of being forced to use subsidies only for exchange plans.

The Court’s King v. Burwell decision could be the catalyst for change that so many of us hoped for the last five years. But the challenge is on Congress to seize that opportunity and fix it.

We believe you are up to the job.


Linda Miller

cc: The Honorable Andrew Lamar Alexander
United States Senate

The Honorable John Anthony Barrasso, III
United States Senate

The Honorable Orrin Grant Hatch
United States Senate

The Honorable John Paul Kline, Jr.
House of Representatives

The Honorable Paul Davis Ryan
House of Representatives

The Honorable Frederick Stephen Upton
House of Representatives

Iowa Congressional delegation

Download: IA Miller FINAL
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