Earlier this afternoon, we reported that the Supreme Court upheld Obamacare on Thursday by ruling that the federal government could provide health care subsidies for residents in the 34 states that refused to set up their own health care exchanges.
Just hours after the ruling, Justice Antonin Scalia has come forward to slam Chief Justice John Roberts for his key vote that saved Obamacare.
According to Conservative Tribune, Roberts literally laughed during Scalia’s dissent.
Justice Scalia argued that the federal government did not have the authority to grant subsidies in these states because health care exchanges must be “established by the State” in order to receive tax credits.
“Words no longer have meaning if an exchange that is not established by a state is ‘established by the State,’” said Scalia. “It is hard to come up with a clearer way to limit tax credits to state exchanges than to use the words ‘established by the State.’”
Scalia slammed the logic behind the court’s ruling, calling it “interpretive jiggery-pokery.” He also accused Roberts and the justices who agreed with him of intentionally ignoring errors in the law just to save Obamacare.
“Normal rules of interpretation seem always to yield to the overriding principle of the present Court: The Affordable Care Act must be saved,” Scalia commented. He also accused Roberts of protecting Obamacare by rewriting the law both in 2012 and in this ruling.
“We should start calling this law SCOTUScare,” an outraged Scalia fumed, concluding that the “discouraging truth (is) that the Supreme Court of the United States favors some laws over others, and is prepared to do whatever it takes to uphold and assist its favorites.”
Roberts acknowledged that the law supported Scalia, but he also said that Congress could not have intended for the law to be read that way, or else Obamacare wouldn’t work at all.
What Roberts appears to be forgetting is that lawmakers didn’t even know the details of the law before they passed it.
We applaud Judge Scalia for having the courage to speak out against Judge Roberts and the other Obama-sheep on the Supreme Court. Shame on them for letting this happen!