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Look out, the Supreme Court’s black-robed gang of far-right ideologues are rampaging again! The Supreme clan is firing potshots at Obamacare – and their political recklessness endangers justice, the Court’s own integrity, and the health of millions of innocent bystanders.
In an attempt to override the law, these so-called “justices” have jumped on a wagonload of legalistic BS named King v. Burwell. But this case is a very rickety legal vehicle. It sprang from a frivolous lawsuit concocted in 2010 by a front group funded by such self-serving oligarchs as the Koch brothers, Big Oil, Big Tobacco, and Big Pharma. The chairman of the front group bluntly and rather crudely described the purpose of the lawsuit as a raw political assault on Obamacare: “This bastard has to be killed as a matter of political hygiene,” he howled. “I do not care how this is done, whether it’s dismembered, whether we drive a stake through its heart… whether we strangle it.”
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So much for the intellectual depth of the King case, which was fabricated on a nitpicking interpretation of only four words in the 906-page health care law. The claim is that the subsidy provided by Obamacare to make its coverage affordable to all is an illegal, backdoor bribe to “force” every state to allow their people access to a federal benefit they otherwise couldn’t afford.
That’s right-wing tommyrot, which was rejected by both the district and appeals courts, and even corporate interests have dubbed the claim “absurd.” Nonetheless, the gang of Supremes grabbed the case as a chance to wreak their own brand of ideological havoc on a law they personally dislike.
By taking this case, these Republican judges have openly become partisans, thrusting the Supreme Court itself into the forefront of the GOP’s war against Obamacare – and against Obama himself.
“Fate of health care law in justices’ hands again,” Austin American Statesman, March 2, 2015.
“Hello Justices? It’s Reality Calling,” The New York Times, March 2, 2015.
“The Supreme Court at Stake,” www.nytimes.com, February 5, 2015.
“Obamacare on Trial: A Preview of King v. Burwell,” www.wsj.com, March 2, 2015.
“America’s Largest Health Care Company Tells Supreme Court that Anti-Obamacare Argument is “Absurd,” www.motherjones.com, February 9, 2015.
“Why Is Big Pharma Financing s Conservative Group Trying to Destroy Obamacare?” www.motherjones.com, February 18, 2015.