HCA and the Anti ACA Tea Party are Symbiotic

Mother Jones has a piece describing how, of the 52 legal briefs filed in the King v. Burwell case before the Supreme Court, 21 are from those who support the plaintiffs and none of these are businesses.   The major legal brief in favor of the defendant was from the Hospital Corporation of America (HCA).  HCA used to be run by Florida Gov. Rick Scott (who is now opposing the ACA and refused to set up his own exchange or expand Medicaid).  The HCA brief is quoted in the photo above.

Where the States Stand

Via: The Advisory Board Company

The consequences quoted in the photo at the top are that this case could end subsidies for low to medium income (133% to 400% of the federal poverty level) users of the Affordable Care Act (ACA or Obamacare) in states that do not have their own exchanges.  Pennsylvania, under Former Gov. Tom Corbett, did not set up a state exchange which stands to hurt many low to middle income Pennsylvanians.  New Gov. Tom Wolf may set up an exchange as well as expand Medicaid in it’s current state but it will take time if he does.

The ties between HCA and it’s anti ACA former head, Florida Gov. Rick Scott, underscores that, while the corporations and the Tea Party movement may not be directly coordinating their activities, their good cop/bad cop routine is effective at suppressing the the more progressive parts of the ACA.  For example both the Tea Party and the health care industry opposed the Public Option in the ACA and were successful in the Act.  The healthcare industry did not want the whole law repealed because they stood to gain a large market from the individual mandate but didn’t like the public option because the payment were lower under public plans.  The anti ACA Tea Party movement was useful to the industry for this purpose.  For this case,

The apparent split between the industry and the Tea Party over this court case may seem dramatic.  The insurance industry is set to benefit from the subsidies which help those who qualify to afford the premiums (but not necessarily the copays or deductibles).  The industry will collude with the tea party when it suits them.