Feb 26, 2015
by CARLA K. JOHNSON,, AP Medical Writer
CHICAGO (AP) -- Millions of Americans have a big personal stake in next Wednesday's Supreme Court challenge to the nation's health care law: Can they legally continue to get subsidies to help pay for their insurance? If the court says no, people across more than 30 states could lose federal subsidies for their premiums.
The legal arguments the justices will hear are complex. Opponents who brought the lawsuit argue the law's literal wording only allows the government to pay subsidies in states that have set up their own insurance markets, or exchanges. Most states have not. Supporters of the law say such a narrow reading misses its basic intent: to increase Americans' access to health insurance nationwide.
Whatever they know or don't know about the law's fine print, millions will feel the effects of the ruling. Here's a look at four people who now are receiving subsidies in states where the federal government is running things, and how they would deal with losing the financial help.