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Statement by Justice Department Spokesperson on King V. Burwell and Halbig V. Burwell

For Immediate Release
Office of Public Affairs

WASHINGTON—The Department of Justice released the following statement Tuesday from spokesperson Emily Pierce regarding the ruling in the case of King v. Burwell by the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals and the ruling by the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals in the case of Halbig v. Burwell:

“Today, the Fourth Circuit unanimously ruled in support of Congressional intent and common sense: that an American may receive tax credits to make health care more affordable regardless of whether they are participating in a state-run or a federally-facilitated marketplace. While two appeals judges ruled differently, four appeals judges have now cast their votes with two lower courts, Congress, and the Affordable Care Act. In the meantime, to be clear, people getting premium tax credits should know that nothing has changed, tax credits remain available.”

Updated September 15, 2014

Press Release Number: 14-771