Wyoming's Republican governor hopes the Supreme Court upholds Obamacare as they are considering a lawsuit that could strike down the law.
Governor Matt Mead says he thinks the high court will reject the lawsuit and uphold the Affordable Care Act, even though he says the law is "bad policy."
The King v. Burwell suit challenges the ability for customers who buy health insurance through the federal exchange to receive subsidies. If that part of the law is struck down, millions of people would lose their insurance.
Mead says if the court rules against subsidies, it would hit Wyoming hard because the state has too small of a population to set up their own exchange, so they are forced to rely on the federal system.
“If on June 30, if that’s when the case comes down, and they say no more subsidies for federal exchanges … it is going to cause a lot of turmoil,” Mead said. “Not just for the state, and for those people, but for the private sector as well.”
“We will see what the decision is, and if the Supreme Court upholds the federal government’s position, that is one thing,” he said. “If they don’t, I think we will be one of many, many states that will be scrambling, trying find an answer and seeing whether Congress can provide the statutory fix that would be needed.”