The Israeli government is facing an unprecedented onslaught from its opponents.
The first attack comes from the American Center for Law and Justice, a liberal group founded by former New York Times columnist Bret Stephens.
The group has filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court challenging the legality of the Affordable Care Act’s subsidies to the nation’s largest health insurer.
The group says the subsidies are meant to help low-income Americans purchase insurance on the health exchanges, but they are not “exempt from federal law.”
It cites the U,S.
Constitution, the Congressional Budget Office and a recent Supreme Court decision that the subsidies must be provided to low- and moderate-income households.
The Justice Department is also filing a brief with Congress and other federal agencies challenging the subsidies.
The Justice Department says the law is unconstitutional and the subsidies “are a substantial source of federal income tax revenue for the federal government.”
The amicus briefs are part of an unprecedented effort by the Justice Department to defend the subsidies and the law.
Last week, it filed a brief on behalf of an unnamed government contractor that said the subsidies violate the Constitution and the Supreme Court ruling that the law should be enforced.
The filing is an unusual move for the Justice Dept., which typically handles a broad range of issues related to health care law.
In the last few months, it has moved aggressively to defend Obamacare and has sought to expand the scope of the law’s coverage to include more people with preexisting conditions.
A number of high-profile court cases have focused on whether the subsidies should be available to millions of Americans who were denied coverage because of preexistence conditions.
In response to the amicus filing, the government issued a statement that said it would not comment on pending litigation, but that it “believes that all Americans are entitled to health coverage and should be able to afford it.”
It said the court’s ruling that subsidies were not “a source of income for the IRS,” which collects tax on those who do not qualify for subsidies, but rather were meant to subsidize low-cost insurance for low-to-middle-income families.
The administration also said the subsidy payments were not a “subsidy” to the IRS but instead were “a means to reduce the cost of coverage for individuals.”
“The administration’s position on the subsidies is consistent with the Supreme Council on Equal Opportunity, which has repeatedly stated that the government is not required to make these payments,” the statement said.
The Justice Dept. also has argued that it is not “unduly burdensome” for people to be required to participate if they are “too poor to qualify for an individual subsidy program.””
The Supreme Court has repeatedly ruled that the Affordable Health Care Act does not require the IRS to collect subsidies from individuals who do NOT qualify for the subsidies.”
The Justice Dept. also has argued that it is not “unduly burdensome” for people to be required to participate if they are “too poor to qualify for an individual subsidy program.”
In addition, the Justice Departmment argues that the health care exchanges provide coverage to people who do qualify for those subsidies, including those who qualify for Medicaid, Medicare and CHIP.
It says those people are protected by the subsidies, and that it would be unreasonable for the government “to require a person who is not eligible for the subsidy program to purchase health insurance.”