Others agreed the consequences could be far-reaching. “A federal appeals court just dealt Obamacare its biggest legal defeat in more than four years,” wrote Jason Millman  at the Washington Post, referring to the ruling that struck down the subsidies. 

“For many people, their share of premiums could increase sharply, making insurance unaffordable,” Robert Pear notes in the New York Times.

Even the majority of the D.C. Court judges acknowledged the import of their decision:

The White House voiced disappointment with the Halbig ruling.

“You don’t need a fancy legal degree to understand that Congress intended for every eligible American to have access to tax credits that would lower their health care costs, regardless of whether it was state officials or federal officials who were running the marketplace,” said Obama administration press secretary Josh Earnest. “I think that is a pretty clear intent of the congressional law.”

The rulings make it likely that Obamacare will end up back in the nation’s highest court. “The conflicting rulings sets up a circuit split that could fast track the cases to the Supreme Court,” Elise Viebeck writes in The Hill.

The subsidy tax credits will remain in effect while both cases moves through the courts.

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