About one and a half million Texans will receive rebates from their health insurers by August first, thanks to a provision called the “80/20 rule” in so-called Obamacare.
Stacey Pogue at the Center for Public Policy Priorities says if your insurer spent more than 20% of premiums on things such as executive salaries and other expenses, you get a rebate. The average here in Texas is 187 dollars.
"Health reform says that your insurance company has to spend at least 80% of your premium dollars on your health care, as opposed to expenses needed to run an insurance company," says Pogue. "If they don't hit that mark, they need to rebate those premiums to you."
Meantime, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was on Fox News Sunday explaining his opposition to Obamacare. He insists maintaining the individual mandate cannot be regarded as a tax, when it's really a penalty.
"You don't interpret a penalty to be a pig, it can't be a pig," said Scalia. "There's no way to regard this penalty as a tax, it simply does not bear that meaning."
"You cannot give, in order to save the Constitutionality, you cannot give the text a meaning it will not bear," he says.
A recent poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation meanwhile, shows 56% of respondents said they prefer Obamacare opponents “stop their efforts to block the law and move on to other national problems.”