A lower-court judge ruled that the ACA public exchange plan issuer agreements were not binding contracts. (Photo: Diego M. Radzinschi/ALM)

The U.S. House of Representatives has weighed in on a high-stakes legal battle over whether the federal government owes health insurance companies billions of dollars under an Affordable Care Act program designed to encourage participation in the public exchanges. It isn’t siding with the insurers.

The governmental body on Monday asked for permission from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit to file an amicus brief urging affirmance of a lower court ruling in a case involving failed Chicago-based health insurer Land of Lincoln Mutual Health Insurance Co.

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