WASHINGTON (June 25, 2015) – In a totally unsurprising move, the federal government failed to limit the federal government today.
The federal employees staffing the Supreme Court held that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act does authorize tax subsidies for people in states with federally run insurance exchanges despite specific wording in the law that limits the subsidies those with state-run exchanges.
Six of the nine politically connected lawyers concurred with the majority opinion.
“Congress passed the Affordable Care Act to improve health insurance markets, not to destroy them,” Chief Justice John Roberts wrote. “If at all possible, we must interpret the Act in a way that is consistent with the former, and avoids the latter.”
“The context and structure of the Act compel us to depart from what would otherwise be the most natural reading of the pertinent statutory phrase,” Roberts wrote.
Justice Scalia penned the dissent, arguing that it wasn’t the Court’s job to make up for sloppy congressional law-writing.
But apparently it is.
This decision comes as no surprise. The only surprise lies in the fact that people actually expected a branch of the federal government to step in and limit the federal government.
This almost never happens. In fact, between the founding and 2002, the Court only ruled 158 federal acts unconstitutional in whole or in part. And while the most recent Obamacare case was not a constitutional issue, the fact remains – the federal court employees almost always side with the federal government when it comes to matters of federal power.
Today, they held true to form and did it once again.
And as one Facebook pundit put it, “Those are the only nine citizens that matter in this case.”
Apparently, you don’t matter because you live in an oligarchy run by nine politically connected lawyers.
So, what do those who don’t think the federal government has the authority to run the entire national healthcare system do next? Where do those who believe Obamacare represents a massive usurpation of power turn? How do we avert the total destruction of the American health care system?
Since Congress passed this unconstitutional monstrosity, we’ve been patiently pointing out the only way to stop it. We can effectively repeal Obamacare by collapsing it under its own weight. Congress can pass its laws. The politician/lawyers can affirm them. The president can boast about them. But they have absolutely no power to implement them on their own.
The federal government depends on the states to do all of the heavy lifting.
And states don’t have to do a damn thing.
Last spring, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey signed a bill into law that creates significant roadblocks for implementation of the Affordable Care Act, leaving the federal program without an enforcement mechanism in the state. The law prohibits the state in various ways from “from using any personnel or financial resources to enforce, administer or cooperate with the Affordable Care Act.”
Arizona provides the blueprint. Now we need to replicate it in other states.
Stop counting on the federal government to save you from the federal government. Take action in your state today.
For more information on ending Obamacare through state action, click HERE.
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