Tom Coburn

Proposed GOP alternatives to Obamacare subsidies are bad medicine

Supreme Court hears Obamacare case

Supporters of healthcare reform were breathing a little easier last week after oral arguments at the Supreme Court over the Affordable Care Act.

On the docket was King vs. Burwell, a lawsuit brought by the Competitive Enterprise Institute, a Koch-backed libertarian organization. The lawsuit asserts that the 2010 law bars health insurance subsidies for residents of three dozen states that relied on the federal government to set up their individual health insurance exchanges rather than doing so themselves.

If the plaintiffs prevail, about 7.5...