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Obamacare Subsidy Fix? Not Likely, Say House Republicans

Conservative skepticism is an ominous sign for beneficiaries and industry stakeholders.

Ahead of an imminent Supreme Court ruling that could erase health insurance subsidies for an estimated 6 million Americans, some House Republicans are pouring cold water on plans by party leaders to temporarily extend the tax breaks under Obamacare.

The objections are an ominous sign for the insurers, hospitals and lower-income Americans that stand to lose if the justices deal a blow to President Barack Obama's signature domestic achievement. Republicans have long promised they'll be ready to soften the blow if the decision in the case, King v. Burwell, goes against the White House.