Two appellate courts differ on key tax plank in health care law

July 22, 2014 5:26 PM

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WASHINGTON -- Two appeals courts on Tuesday split over the Affordable Care Act, reaching different conclusions about whether tax credits can help consumers buy coverage in the 36 states that use the federal health insurance marketplace.

The conflicting and nearly simultaneous rulings potentially tee up for the Supreme Court its next landmark health care case, and leave in limbo the Obama administration's health care ambitions.

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