Madison Woman Part Of Fight To Protect ACA At Supreme Court

Case Revolves Around Subsidy Questions

Photo: Wally Gobetz (CC-BY)

A Madison woman is part of a national group’s effort to show how coverage provided under the Affordable Care Act could be threatened by an upcoming U.S. Supreme Court case.

In March, the Supreme Court will hear arguments in the King v. Burwell case. It involves federal health subsidies and whether people are entitled to them in states like Wisconsin which did not set up its own health exchange.

Last year, 90 percent of the people who bought insurance on Wisconsin’s federally run exchange had financial help. One of them is 50-year-old Madison resident Sarah Lewis.

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“If I don’t work and I don’t stay healthy and have insurance then my whole family has no income,” Lewis said.

Lewis was in Washington, D.C., this week defending the health law as part of a media blitz by the group Families USA. The group is filing “a friend of the court” brief — also known as an amicus brief — in the case.