Washington State

Office of the Attorney General

Attorney General

Bob Ferguson

Jun 25 2015

OLYMPIA — “The U.S. Supreme Court today gave a common-sense reading to Congress’s intent in passing the Affordable Care Act, ensuring all Americans can obtain health coverage at reasonable rates. 

“Because Washington state established its own insurance exchange, it would not have been directly affected by an adverse decision.  Throwing millions of people across the country out of the Act’s system of subsidies, however, would have created what many have called a ‘death spiral’ and undermined the entire health insurance marketplace, ultimately disrupting Washington’s healthcare program.

“That’s why I joined with Attorneys General from 17 other states to file a friend-of-the-court brief opposing this misguided lawsuit against Obamacare.  I am pleased the Court agreed with our position standing up for affordable care.”


The Office of the Attorney General is the chief legal office for the state of Washington with attorneys and staff in 27 divisions across the state providing legal services to roughly 200 state agencies, boards and commissions. Attorney General Bob Ferguson is working hard to protect consumers and seniors against fraud, keep our communities safe, protect our environment and stand up for our veterans. Visit www.atg.wa.gov to learn more.


Peter Lavallee, Communications Director, (360) 586-0725; PeterL@atg.wa.gov