The news that Obamacare survived was well received by many people today, especially the millions of Americans who would have lost their healthcare insurance if the Supreme Court upheld a crackpot challenge in the King v. Burwell.case. However, Justice Antonin Scalia wrote a scathing dissent and his words were as usual, very colorful.
Scalia is playing to the Conservative base with these words and he's hoping they will enter into the indignant and angry conservative lexicon.
In a blistering 21-page dissent, Justice Antonin Scalia accuses John Roberts of abandoning his judicial independence to defend Obamacare at any and all costs. "[N]ormal rules of interpretation seem always to yield to the overriding principle of the present Court: The Affordable Care Act must be saved," Scalia writes.
Just how absurd is it, in Scalia's mind, that the court upheld the subsidies? Here are his other prime quotes of indignation at the majority's opinion:
- "Words no longer have meaning if an Exchange that is not established by a State is 'established by the State.'"
- "[The decision] rewrites the law to make tax credits available everywhere. We should start calling this law SCOTUScare".
- "The Court holds that when the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act says 'Exchange established by the State' it means 'Exchange established by the State or the Federal Government.' That is of course quite absurd, and the Court's 21 pages of explanation make it no less so."
- "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."
- "Impossible possibility, thy name is an opinion on the Affordable Care Act!"
- "Today's interpretation is not merely unnatural; it is unheard of."
- "[T]he cases will publish forever the discouraging truth 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."