Courtesy of The Huffington Post:
WASHINGTON — The latest and possibly the last serious effort to cripple Obamacare through the courts has just failed.
On Thursday, for the second time in three years, the Supreme Court rejected a major lawsuit against the Affordable Care Act — thereby preserving the largest expansion in health coverage since the creation of Medicare and Medicaid half a century ago.
The stakes of the case, King v. Burwell, were enormous. Had the plaintiffs prevailed,millions of people who depend upon the Affordable Care Act for insurance would have lost financial assistance from the federal government. Without that money, most of them would have had to give up coverage altogether. But two of the court’s conservatives, Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Anthony Kennedy, joined the court’s four liberals in rejecting the lawsuit in a 6-3 decision. Roberts delivered the opinion for the majority.
Antonin Scalia delivered the dissent and to say he is not happy is an understatement. Some excerpts from Huffpo:
“Today’s interpretation is not merely unnatural; it is unheard of,” he writes, which is, strictly speaking, true, since this was a new case.
“This case requires us to decide whether someone who buys insurance on an Exchange established by the Secretary gets tax credits. You would think the answer would be obvious — so obvious there would hardly be a need for the Supreme Court to hear a case about it,” Scalia says, again accurately, though not in the way he meant.
“The Court’s next bit of interpretive jiggery-pokery…”
“Pure applesauce,” he insists. “Imagine that a university sends around a bulletin reminding every professor to take the ‘interests of graduate students’ into account when setting office hours, but that some professors teach only undergraduates. Would anybody reason that the bulletin implicitly presupposes that every professor has ‘graduate students,’ so that ‘graduate students’ must really mean ‘graduate or undergraduate students’? Surely not.'”
He also throws the word scotuscare around as well in his dissent. He is fecking raging with Roberts too. Har har.