Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker issued a threat to the Obama administration on Wednesday that if the Supreme Court rules against healthcare subsidies, states will not take steps to save the law.
“Governors across the country have been clear: If the Supreme Court strikes down the Obama executive overreach, we will not bail out Obama at the expense of the American people,” Walker wrote in an op-ed for CNN.com on Wednesday.
The looming court case, which Walker called “a turning point” for the law, could come as early as Thursday. If the administration loses, 6.4 million people could lose their financial aid under ObamaCare because they don’t live in the dozen or so states that run their own healthcare exchanges.
Walker has already said that he would not set up a state exchange, even if it means that 200,000 people in his state would no longer receive subsidies — which he acknowledges is “a big problem.”
He is among a handful of Republican governors, including Florida Gov. Rick Scott, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, who have ruled out setting up their own exchanges.
Still, plenty more states have not yet said how they would handle the decision. Just two states — Delaware and Pennsylvania — have plans in place to set up an exchange, but many more could decide to do so if thousands of people's healthcare is at stake.