DC Federal Judge Won't Dismiss Halbig
By Hadley Heath
A federal judge in DC announced today he would not dismiss Halbig v. Sebelius. The Wall Street Journal reports:
U.S. District Judge Paul Friedman in Washington, in an oral ruling from the bench, rejected several Justice Department arguments on why the legal challenge should be tossed out of court.
The judge was expected to rule later Tuesday on whether to temporarily block the subsidies while the case continues.
Read more about this case and others challenging the IRS rule here.
Stay tuned for an update to this blog this afternoon with information about the court's ruling on the plaintiff's request for a preliminary injunction.
UPDATE: This afternoon, Judge Paul Friedman ruled against the plaintiff's preliminary injunction, meaning insurance subsidies and tax credits will go forward (even in states that opted out of creating an exchange) while the case is decided on the merits. Read more here.
UPDATE: Don't miss this great analysis from Cato's Michael Cannon: An update on Halbig, and other lawsuits that could make the decrepit HealthCare.gov look like a hiccup