Looks like we're headed back to the Supreme Court. Or maybe just nowhere fast.

In a textbook case of Beltway schizophrenia, two different U.S. appeals courts rendered two dramatically differing decisions over one of the most critical funding components of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

The D.C. court struck down the Internal Revenue Service's reading of the legislation, barring the agency from allowing poorer customers on the federal exchange from federal subsidies. The majority, a pair of Bush appointees, took the law at face value.

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