The Supreme Court upheld the law about Obamacare subsidies in the states!!! This is a huge victory for the Obama Administration and for the country as a whole.
In a strong 6-3 decision, Chief Justice Roberts (surprisingly) wrote the the majority opinion in favor of Obamacare, and was joined by Justices Kennedy, Breyer, Sotomayor, Ginsberg, and Kagan. Justice Scalia wrote the conservative dissent, joined (not surprisingly) by Alito and Thomas.
From Huffington Post
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. And the loss of so many customers would have forced insurers to raise premiums, seriously disrupting state insurance markets.
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. And the decision was a concise, stinging rebuke of the plaintiffs, who contended that Congress intended to write a law that would leave so many people without coverage, and cause such disarray.
"Congress passed the Affordable Care Act to improve health insurance markets, not destroy them," Roberts wrote.
Scalia was scathing in his dissent. He clearly wanted to give the GOP a victory, so slammed his colleagues for giving the President a huge victory instead.
From Huffington Post
"Words no longer have meaning," Scalia wrote in the dissent he read from the bench.
. . . "Today's interpretation is not merely unnatural; it is unheard of," he wrote. That is, strictly speaking, true, since this was a new case.
"We should start calling this law SCOTUScare."
"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 wrote, again accurately, though not in the way he meant.
"The Court's next bit of interpretive jiggery-pokery..."
"Pure applesauce," he insisted.
Scalia claims ACA ruling was act off "jiggery pokery"... adding we'll kill this somehow. It's just a matter of hickory tickory toc #SCOTUS— Hcc (@ClatisC) June 25, 2015
Old fart pants Scalia just has sour grapes left.— Annie Lawton (@CurlynDoris) June 25, 2015
@thinkprogress Roberts: “Congress passed the ACA to improve health insurance markets, not to destroy them.” Scalia: "Argle bargle."— Ara Rubyan (@ararubyan) June 25, 2015
Call a Waaahmbulance for Scalia!
Meanwhile, President Obama called for the GOP to move forward and stop trying to repeal Obamacare for the 60th time.
Pres. Obama: "All the talk of doomsday, death panels, all the repeal attempts; this law is now helping millions of Americans." *Drops Mic*— Nerdy Wonka (@NerdyWonka) June 25, 2015
Ssssssssshhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! President speaking! pic.twitter.com/ea2gsqrEFm— RhysTay (@iRhysTay) June 25, 2015
Official statement from President Obama on Obamacare ruling: pic.twitter.com/yUjhvph0sl— ¡Gabe Ortíz! (@TUSK81) June 25, 2015
Obamacare is the law of the nation. Republicans should stop wasting the time of the American people by trying to repeal it. Let's move on.— Senator Harry Reid (@SenatorReid) June 25, 2015
"Jubilant!" pic.twitter.com/O6y5aneDjp— sfpelosi (@sfpelosi) June 25, 2015
In case you think healthcare won’t be an issue in 16 RT @edatpost: Boehner: “We will continue our efforts to repeal the law and replace it”— Greg Pinelo (@gregpinelo) June 25, 2015
Some Republicans heads are exploding which lucky for them is still covered as a preexisting condition under ObamaCare.— Paul Lander (@paul_lander) June 25, 2015