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The greatest wealth transfer ever enacted lives on. Chief Justice John Roberts, a traitor to the Constitution if there ever was one, redefined the English language.
The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld ObamaCare subsidies nationwide, in the second major court victory for President Obama on his signature health care law.
In a 6-3 decision, the court ruled that subsidies are valid even in states that did not set up their own insurance exchanges.
Because "established by the states" actually means "established by the federal government." Really. That's the crux of his, ahem, reasoning.
"Congress passed the Affordable Care Act to improve health insurance markets, not to destroy them," Roberts wrote in the majority opinion. "The Act gives each State the opportunity to establish its own Exchange, but provides that the Federal Government will establish the Exchange if the State does not."
Also, Freedom is Slavery. War is Peace. And, Work Makes You Free.
Roberts tied himself in knots to uphold Obama's legacy, and it's Antonin Scalia's scathing dissent which should become our rallying cry for 2016.
"Having transformed two major parts of the law, the Court today has turned its attention to a third. The Act that Congress passed makes tax credits available only on an 'Exchange established by the State.' This Court, however, concludes that this limitation would prevent the rest of the Act from working as well as hoped. So it rewrites the law to make tax credits available everywhere."
"We should just start calling this law SCOTUScare.""…the 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."
A "penalty" is a "tax," except when it's a "penalty" that some people won't actually have to pay. Whatever it takes to keep this abomination limping along, sucking the lifeblood out of the productive class.
So now, having decreed that Obama can force us to purchase a product, and that now and forever he can tax me to subsidize your purchase of it, what's to stop him from expanding the Obamacare model to other liberal shibboleths? Is "The Electric Car Affordability and Environmental Protection Act" beyond the realm of possibility? Imagine a world in which every American must purchase a Chevy Volt, and tax credits are available to ensure we all do our part to Save The Planet. Because that is the world John Roberts lives in.
Words no longer have meaning. Or rather, they mean whatever John Roberts says
they mean. In which case our republic is doomed.
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