Federal judges in Richmond., Va., unanimously upheld the legality of subsidies for insurance exchanges in every state Tuesday. The ruling came roughly two hours after a panel of judges in Washington ruled subsidies on federal exchanges were illegal under language in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
Three 4th U.S. Circuit Court judges in Virginia ruled in King v. Burwell that Congress clearly intended to make subsidies as widely available as possible to make insurance more affordable. To the Virginia judges, that meant the IRS had a right to interpret the strict wording of the Affordable Care Act to mean all states would be eligible for tax-credits.