U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today praised the decision from U.S. District Judge Ronald White which ruled in favor of Oklahoma’s challenge to an Internal Revenue Service (IRS) rule that provides subsidies under the Affordable Care Act. The IRS rule was announced in May 2012 and Oklahoma District Attorney Scott Pruitt first challenged the subsidies in September 2012.
“Today is a victory for Oklahoma and the nation. Attorney General Scott Pruitt’s case has exposed that ObamaCare is more than an unsecured website to shop for more expensive healthcare, but that it is also a big-government bureaucratic program that is eroding states’ rights,” said Inhofe. “Today’s decision is a reminder that the President's broken promises of affordable, accessible health care are the result of broken policy. The Obama Administration has tried to make the law work with waivers and exemptions, but the courts continue to confront the legality of this legislation that was rushed through a Democrat-controlled Congress. It is long past time for ObamaCare to be repealed and replaced with the common-sense solutions that will make healthcare truly affordable. While it will undoubtedly take time for Oklahoma’s case to play out in the federal court system, I am confident in Attorney General Scott Pruitt and that our state’s argument will prevail."
The decision ruled that the IRS acted beyond the intent of Congress or the law by providing ObamaCare subsidies in states with a federal exchange. Oklahoma and thirty-five other states have an exchange that is at least federally-funded in part.