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... said Justice Roberts

Hooray! Woot! Wheeeee! YESSSSS! All the sounds of celebration! The Supreme Court once again has said that yes, Obamacare is legal and constitutional and we can keep it and Jesus H. Christ on a crutch, STOP TRYING TO MURDER IT.

In yet another Obamacare fanboy opinion written by Chief Justice John Roberts, the Court ruled, in a 6-3 decision, that the federal subsidies that have extended healthcare coverage to millions of Americans aren’t going anywhere, even though some whiny wingnut loons tried real hard to take away their fellow Americans’ coverage because Fox News and their favorite wingnut websites told them the Affordable Care Act is gonna death panel their grandma and their jobs and their freedom, and also Obama is “the anti-Christ.”

INCORRECT AND SCREW YOU, says the Supreme Court. Let’s explore!

Recall, because we already Wonksplained at you, that the central issue of King v. Burwell is whether Congress intended to provide tax subsidies to Americans who could not otherwise afford to purchase health insurance, even if they have the misfortune of living in states whose governors and legislatures hate Obama SOOOOOOO much, they refused to create health care exchanges for their citizens. Congressional Democrats (and even some Republicans) have said, “Yes, that’s what we meant, we are just super bad at law writing, even though it’s our job.” In the majority opinion, Justice Roberts wrote that the law “contains more than a few examples of inartful drafting” — oooh, SNAP! — but, despite that:

The combination of no tax credits and an ineffective coverage requirement could well push a State’s individual insurance market into a death spiral. It is implausible that Congress meant the Act to operate in this manner. Congress made the guaranteed issue and community rating requirements applicable in every State in the Nation, but those requirements only work when combined with the coverage requirement and tax credits. It thus stands to reason that Congress meant for those provisions to apply in every State as well. [Emphasis added, you’re welcome.]

The opinion takes a few other gratuitous shots at Congress, for how the bill was written and passed:

Congress wrote key parts of the Act behind closed doors, rather than through “the traditional legislative process.” […] And Congress passed much of the Act using a complicated budgetary procedure known as “reconciliation,” which limited opportunities for debate and amendment, and bypassed the Senate’s normal 60-vote filibuster requirement. […] As a result, the Act does not reflect the type of care and deliberation that one might expect of such significant legislation.

Yeah yeah, and the law is longer than all the Harry Potter books too, waaaaaaaah. We’d like to think, now that the Supreme Court has gone over the law with a fine-toothed comb — twice! — we can stop fretting about whether the law has been sufficiently vetted. Fingers crossed!

The opinion goes on … and on … and on … about how much Congress sucks for not writing the Affordable Care Act more clearly so that any idiot, including Republicans, could understand that the bill was intended to help everybody, not just the ones lucky enough to live in states governed by politicians who will gladly trade a little bit of “liberty” to save the lives of their citizens. But despite the poor wording about how subsidies are supposed to be available to people whose states didn’t create exchanges, here is what matters:

Those credits are necessary for the Federal Exchanges to function like their State Exchange counterparts, and to avoid the type of calamitous result that Congress plainly meant to avoid. […]

Congress passed the Affordable Care Act to improve health insurance markets, not to destroy them. If at all possible, we must interpret the Act in a way that is consistent with the former, and avoids the latter. Section 36B can fairly be read consistent with what we see as Congress’s plan, and that is the reading we adopt.

And there you have it, Obamacare is saved again, the lower court’s decision is affirmed, and we’re pretty sure Roberts wrote at the end (in invisible ink), “P.S. Stop bugging me about this shit, we’re done here, LIKE I ALREADY TOLD YOU THE LAST TIME.”

Naturally, Justice Antonin Scalia thinks his colleagues are a bunch of stupids, as he wrote in his dissent, joined by Justices Thomas and Alito:

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.

Yeah, it IS obvious, which is why the Court upheld Obamacare, duh. Scalia also complained that unless the Court agrees with him and other conservatives, “words no longer have meaning.” Oh well. Maybe that means he will stop saying them now? Alas, no, he has more words:

But normal rules of interpretation seem always to yield to the overriding principle of the present Court: The Affordable Care Act must be saved.

Guess he’s not going to the chief’s house for sleepovers anymore, since Roberts has turned into a dirty liberal judicial activist who thinks preserving healthcare reform is, like, constitutional or something. But no, reading the Affordable Care Act to provide healthcare to all the people is, to Scalia, “interpretive jiggery-pokery” and “pure applesauce.” Damnit, now we’re hungry.

But here is the worst part, sayeth Scalia:

Worst of all for the repute of today’s decision, the Court’s reasoning is largely self-defeating. The Court predicts that making tax credits unavailable in States that do not set up their own Exchanges would cause disastrous economic consequences there. If that is so, however, wouldn’t one expect States to react by setting up their own Exchanges?

Well, sure, Scalia, one would expect states to create exchanges, to the benefit of their people and also their bottom line. But as so many Republican governors have made clear, they’d rather screw their citizens, and their budgets, to make some kind of childish temper tantrum point about how they really, REALLY hate the president and his healthcare reform VERY MUCH. See, for example, Florida Gov. Rick Scott.

Scalia also suggests that Congress could just scrap ACA entirely and start over, as if Republicans haven’t tried, almost 60 times, to do that:

Congress could also do something else altogether, entirely abandoning the structure of the Affordable Care Act.

Or, alternatively, everyone could stop trying to make Repeal happen, accept that this is the law of the land and it is good for all those Americans who get to have healthcare now, which they didn’t get to have before, and which they wouldn’t have under the Republican replacement plan, which is currently “Uh, we’ll get back to you.”

So, enjoy your subsidized healthcare, America. And as for you, Republicans, you can breathe that sigh of relief now that millions of Americans won’t blame you for taking away their healthcare. Hope you have finally learned your lesson.

[King v. Burwell]

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  • BadKitty904

    Yah, pretty much…

  • Callyson
  • Tony Alexander

    sittin’ here in my chair getting drunk on tea-bagger tears!

    sweet like cola wine!!!

    thanx obama!!!

    • JohnBull

      Cola wine? That’s how Peggy Noonan got started.

      • Msgr_Moment

        C-O-L-A Cola?

        • Villago Delenda Est

          You know, I had that very same thought!

        • r m reddicks

          I could use some damn COLA at the moment.

    • Tallmutha
      • kindness

        We could all row boats on the sweet sweet tears of Republicans hatin’ people having Health Insurance.

        Makes me wonder what political scientists are going to say about our era in 50 years.

        • Querolous

          We Could float a Steamboat on those tears.

      • Tony Alexander

        keep ’em comin’!!!

    • r m reddicks
  • Nounverb911

    And some of the Teabagger butthurt is going nuclear already.

    • AnOuthouse

      Maybe they can wrap their hurt butts in a confederate flag and haul it on over to an urgent care center.

      • Nounverb911

        Won’t they have to set up a ‘Gofundme’ campaign to pay for it first?

        • AnOuthouse

          Its covered by Obamacare.

      • r m reddicks

        Million to one it’s a fussili likeness of Obummer to be pulled out of their collective ass.

    • Ryan Denniston

      Oh, this is going to be soooo sweet to watch! I might have to turn into Fox News when I get home.

      • Nounverb911

        They’ve been in overdrive for two hours now, there’s steam coming out of everyone’s ears….

  • exinkwretch

    Is this the beginning of Communism or the end of times? I’m anxiously awaiting the Wingnutosphere to erupt. Popcorn is popped and the beer is chilling. It’s going to be entertaining as hell.

    • AntiDerpomeme

      Two blows to their psyches in one week. First the traitor’s flag thing, now this. How many are going to keel over from hate strokes by the afternoon?

      • Vienna Woods

        The good news: they’re covered!

      • Bob@Bob.com

        “hate strokes” – good one

      • SnarkTank

        Just wait ’til marriage equality becomes the law of the land! I’m thinking Lindsey’s fainting couch might just break from the pressure!

        • kindness

          Yea but pop over those cushions on Ms. Lindsey’s couch….What you bet there are sticky stains there that
          don’t cum from fainting if you know what I mean.

    • PubOption

      According to one wingnut commenter at Free Republic, the slide into socialism began with the election of GHW Bush.

  • AnOuthouse

    Judge Scalia, sir, ‘interpretive jiggery-pokery’ is what the audience does at Grateful Dead concerts. I have some impure applesauce if you would like some.

    • Zippy

      don’t eat the brown applesauce

      • r m reddicks

        His nurses and attendants are laughing.

    • Lascauxcaveman

      Seriously, Fat Tony, if you don’t want to be in a position to have to interpret the intent of our lawmakers GET THE FUCK OFF THE BENCH, ASSHOLE. Interpreting laws is the WHOLE FUCKING JOB.

      • PubOption

        He can only interpret the intent of the Founding Fathers, more recent legislators are SOL.

    • kindness

      Woo Hoo….Dead shows this weekend in Santa Clara! Well, no Jerry but….

  • memzilla

    All together now: “FUCK YOU, RETHUGLICANS!”

    I’d tell them to go pound sand, but then all our premiums would go up.

  • Lot_49

    Poor Nino. He’s just the old coot on the porch, talking about how we used to tie an onion to our belts.

    • Lascauxcaveman

      The one I feel sorry for is Alito, hanging out with those old guys, on purpose, apparently.

      • Lot_49

        And mouthing dissents during State of the Union addresses.

  • BadKitty904

    I wonder who’s in charge of sedating Scalia?

    • AnOuthouse

      Please don’t sedate him. His heart has to give out one of these days.

      • Tony Alexander

        x2

        • “Judge Clarence Thomas could not be reached for comment.”

          • BadKitty904

            They’d have to wake him up, first…

          • Nounverb911

            Just wave a pubic hair in front of him, he’ll perk up.

          • BadKitty904

            Ew.

        • nmmagyar

          x googolplex

      • BadKitty904

        *koff* Dick Cheney *koff*

        • artem1s

          His heart…

          assumes facts not in evidence.

    • Toomush_Infer

      Maybe he’ll get mad enough to run around with his hands in the air, sans his judicial robes ….

    • OneYieldRegular

      Torquemada?

  • Tony Alexander

    maybe all of the baggers and flaggers will finally secede.

    they can call themselves the united hates!

    • Good_Gawd_Yall

      FTW

      • FlownOver

        Isn’t there some sort of Liberia solution? Like a country we could all agree isn’t worth propping up, where the nutters could all move to, and try out their approach to government without fucking over the rest of us?

        • Lot_49

          I nominate Tejas. The oil’s mostly gone, and we should get off that crackpipe anyway.

        • calliecallie

          I here the Maldives are nice. Or they will be until they’re under water.

        • kindness

          Come on now….that country already exists and they lurvs the leader. No doubt Putin will welcome them with open arms…and chains..and ball gags and ….well, you get the picture before it gets too Folsom Street Fair for us all.

        • r m reddicks

          Wouldn’t wish on nobody.

      • Tony Alexander

        big ups!!!

  • ArgieBargie

    Dear Wingnuts,

    Go suck Ronnie Raygunn’s rotting dick.

    No Love,

    America

    • JustPixelz

      Reminder: Reagan was against Medicare. “Let the old people DIE DIE DIE,” is how he dumbsplained it.

      • r m reddicks

        Which he did on amurikan expense account with magic funeral to boot.

  • superdave

    That’s right, Antonin. Feel the butthurt flow within you. Give in to you anger.

    • MegPasadena

      But do it with moderation.
      We don’t want you to have a stroke over this. Or do we?

  • Nounverb911

    When does the ‘Impeach John Roberts’ campaign start?

    • Spotts1701

      About 5 minutes after he announced the decision, if the comments on my local news websites are any indication.

      • Zippy

        5? slackers…

    • Ryan Denniston

      Look at all that damned Judicial Activism!!! Oh wait…

    • whatwhomever

      They’ll probably just pray to Jeebus to kill him. It’s more offensive AND less effective – the perfect Republican plan.

    • Mehmeisterjr

      When? Immediately.

      Where? Fox News.

    • nmmagyar

      Last year.

  • Again: SCOTUSCare or GTFO.

  • Rocky

    “wouldn’t one expect States to react by setting up their own Exchanges?”

    Fuck, yes.

    • marxalot

      Yes, one would. But then, one would also expect States to not deliberately impale themselves with rusty spikes, because one has unrealistic expectations of rationality. One plainly inhabits a nice head-sized hole in the sand.

  • mrFawkes

    Ginny Thomas will have her hands full tonight trying to get the Judge’s standard past half mast.

    • Lance Thrustwell

      I’m gonna hurl…

    • Mehmeisterjr

      It’s Lettin’-off-steam Porno night at the Thomas’s. Featuring really nasty German stuff. Not for the faint of heart.

      • Gleem-McShinez

        I though “Jiggery-Pokery” was Scalia’s code for “Swinger Party with the Thomases”

    • Tallmutha

      I think you mean she’ll have a dfficult task. Have her hands full? Doubtful.

  • memzilla

  • Ryan Denniston

    6-3, and 5-4 supporting Fair Housing. Are the Supremes High on the herb? WTF??? WTG Supremes!!

    • Reddishrabbit

      I’m not too surprised by 6-3, Roberts is pro business and Kennedy wouldn’t like the whole federal issue. But fair housing is a nice surprise, didn’t think Kennedy would swing that way.

      • Lascauxcaveman

        At this point in his career, that guy just does it to keep people guessing.

  • Reddishrabbit

    A good day at the court. Fair Housing also won, that time Kenbedy with the same side of the court. Now if SSM is tomorrow, I’m going to have a hell of a weekend making up in celebration.

  • Callyson

    And the butt-hurt from the wingnuts has already begun. Can’t wait for this week’s deleted commenters!

    • Nounverb911

      Are Dok and Shypixel going to demand combat pay and overtime?

      • cousin itt

        Just wait until we all have to get gay married. We’re gonna need a bigger Jiffy Popper.

    • Bob@Bob.com

      The folks at Breitbart are miffed too. I stopped in and left a couple of turds in their punch bowl just to add insult to injury ’cause libtards like me are meany pants

    • Reddishrabbit

      Ben Shapiro is having a melt down in twitter. It’s like cherries ontop of my sundae

    • JustPixelz

      OOH! OOH! Let me try.

      Congratulations libtards. You’re prayers to Karl Marx to destroy America are being answered. Hussein-care has already KILLED over 250,000 Americans. But you won’t be happy until it kills SIX MILLION Jews!! Enjoy it while you can. President Trump will FIRE this fascist law on day one. America will be grate again.

    • OneYieldRegular

      I think this is a week for deleted comments to be moved immediately to “Empty Trash.”

  • nmmagyar

    Fuck you right in the eye-hole with a rusty railroad spike, Scalia!! (With votes, obviously)

    • I still like Uncle Kurt’s response to folks like that:

      “Why don’t you take a flying fuck at a rolling doughnut? Why don’t you take a flying fuck at the moooon?

  • Spotts1701

    Apparently, Sen. Reid remarked on the Senate floor – “I say respectfully to my Senate [GOP] colleagues: stop banging your heads against the wall” trying to repeal ACA.

    • Nounverb911

      Are banging your heads against the wall covered by Obamacare?

      • Rocky

        Just the top one. Banging the other one is covered in letters to Penthouse.

        • Vecciojohn

          Dear Justice Scalia,

          I never thought this would happen to me, but the last time I tried to repeal Obamacare . . .

    • cousin itt

      And Reid has the face scars to prove it.

    • BadKitty904

      Had I been Harry, I would’ve gone with “EAT it, ya spiteful, selfish bastards!”…but his version works, too. Also.

      • Vecciojohn

        Bad Kitty! Where are your manners? That’s “I say respectfully to my Repubican friends, “EAT it . . . .” etc.

        • BadKitty904

          My bad. I must’ve confused Harry Reid with “Give ‘Em Hell” Harry Truman.

  • onedollarjuana

    I guess Roberts must have seen the nooses being tied behind the Supreme Courthouse.

  • Skwerl King

    I am going to have applesauce for lunch to celebrate this decision. (Although I am unsure of the purity.)

  • OrdinaryJoe

    “interpretive jiggery-pokery” and “pure applesauce.”

    Scalia’s judicial legacy. Anger bear and argle bargle.

    • AnOuthouse

      interpretive jiggery-pokery sounds kind of fun.

      • deanbooth

        “Hold still for a second!”

      • Querolous

        If you are going to do jiggery-pokery applebutter works better than applesauce.

    • Mehmeisterjr

      I used to buy my pure applesauce at Whole Foods but no more.

      EDIT: A dead tie with Callyson making this joke.

    • BadKitty904

      Versus the usual GOP hogwash and codswallop?

  • Toomush_Infer

    My applesauce business is underwritten by my ability to recieve Obamacare…just sayin’…

  • Dr.Zoidberg

    Dance party!!!

    • AntiDerpomeme

      Fine example of interpretive jiggery-pokery, Pinky Pie.

      (or I hope that’s Pinky Pie–I’m not real current on my MLP lore)

      • Dr.Zoidberg

        That is Pinkie Pie, and no matter what anyone tells you she is the best pony.

    • Boscoe

  • CutterTeam

    Dear Justice Scalia,

    If I say “I flew to Denver on Wednesday,” this can mean one of two things:

    1. I sprouted wings, jumped off the top floor of my apartment building, and literally propelled myself through the air to Denver; or
    2. I went to the airport, got on an airplane, and the airplane flew to Denver with me on it.

    Words matter. But so does context — you ridiculous, worthless fuckstick.

    Sincerely,

    Sane People Who Give A Shit About Other Human Beings

    • OHvoter83

      That makes much more sense than Scalia’s rant about the graduate students and office hours.

      • Villago Delenda Est

        Which is how you can tell that CutterTeam is not a screen nym for Antonin Scalia.

        • Boscoe

          …unless his ID and Super-Ego have separate accounts… ;P

    • FlownOver

      Per DNA, the alternative would be “I threw myself at the ground, missed, and hit Denver instead.”

      But right you are.

    • AnOuthouse

      Eats shoots and leaves

  • BadKitty904

    Cue the Death Squads and crank up the FEMA Camps!!!

    • Vecciojohn

      Up against the wall, grandma! It’s death panel time!!! Waaaaaahooooooooo!!!! We gonna kill us some olds now!!

    • OneYieldRegular

      Diagnosis: JADE HELM

  • Walter Wellstone

    Fuck Scalia.

    • Tony Alexander

      with the rustiest strap-on you can find!

    • Lady Bug

      I’m not *that* desperate ;)

    • BadKitty904

      Not even if that procedure was covered by Obamacare.

    • Gleem-McShinez

      Not with Clarence Thomas’ velvet-covered cement.

  • Ryan Denniston

    So long Doc Sam, and thank you Koch bros. for all the stimulus dollars.

    • marxalot

      Thanks. My subconscious had worked through all the “your house is on fire” material and needed something for the new nightmares.

  • Vienna Woods

    Was single L standing outside waiting for the decision, like last time? I hope so.

    • Nounverb911

      Which one, there are so many to choose from?

      • Vienna Woods

        Crazy eyes.

        • bobbert

          Nah. Once she gave us $2 gas, she just gracefully reti

          *** no, fuck it, I can’t***

    • freakishlystrong

      And where was screechin’ Jean Schmidt?

  • DAT

    Scalia says “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.”

    Well, actually, there wasn’t a need for the Supreme Court to hear a case about it. A district court judge ruled for the government as did the Federal Appeals Court in Richmond, VA. SCOTUS took this on anyway.

    • bobbert

      Funny, that.

  • mrFawkes

    Citizens are crowding the streets chanting USA USA USA we’re #37 we’re #37

    • Bill Slider

      For purposes of discussion, I will go with your number 37. That means, that roughly 160 countries on planet Earth have health care systems worse than ours. It also means, that we are not Number One like so many wingnuts like to claim, even before Obamacare. We need universal healthcare to break into the single digits where we belong.

      • Boscoe

        And then free college and legal weed and we’re THERE, baby!

        • kindness

          Free weed for our Socialist paradise.

      • Walter Wellstone

        I want an Obamaphone with that… and free weed.

        • Querolous

          I want a combination Obamaphone/VapeMod.

  • Serolf Divad

    “Congress passed the Affordable Care Act to improve health insurance markets, not to destroy them.”

    Daaaayum! Someone should print T-shirts. Here’s John Roberts, chief justice of the Supreme Court, George W Bush appointee, flatly staying that the ACA, AKA: Obamacare was passed, not to nationalize health care, not to death panel your Grammy, not to kill freedom, but rather, to improve insurance markets. Let the Teabagger head explosion fireworks display begin!

    P.S. can we all just agree to refer to Scalia as captain hissy fit from here on?

    • Villago Delenda Est

      I would prefer “Private Hissy fit”, as I was a Captain once.

      • memzilla

        Oh please, if anything, he should be MAJOR Hissy Fit.

        • Lascauxcaveman

          How about Smarmy Fat Fuck Whose Idiotic (And Inconsistently Applied) Insistence on A Literal Interpretation of the Constitution As Written By The Founding Fathers Goes Against His Actual Job Description?

          Too long?

          • Villago Delenda Est

            Well, it won’t fit on an bumper sticker except one that’s on a HMMWV.

    • Toomush_Infer

      Hissy Fit Supreme would also be accepted…

    • Vienna Woods

      The Honorable Hissy Fit.

    • elviouslyqueer

      Lord God King Hissy Fit, more like.

    • Beaumarchais?

      I’ll stick with Fat Tony.

      • Querolous

        Tony “Fats” Hissyfitalia

    • Latverian Diplomat

      “Congress passed the Affordable Care Act to improve health insurance markets, not to destroy them.”

      Which is what some of don’t like about the ACA, but if you’ve got corporatist hacks all up in your Supreme Court, I guess giving the insurance companies a cut comes in handy.

    • Electric Ukelele Land

      Justice Hissy Fit has just the right amount of assonance

      • Boscoe

        Jizzle Hizzle Fizzle has just the right amount of jizzle.

        • Villago Delenda Est

          Could use another fizzle, though…

  • Zippy

    I actually think Roberts ruled this way as a favor for the GOP. Refusing to strike down the ACA saved them from having to actually produce an alternative. Now they can continue to beat the dead horse and rail against the law and hold a couple dozen more meaningless votes to repeal it, all without ever having to actually do anything of substance. He really was saving them from themselves…

    • Latverian Diplomat

      If the Republican Congress weren’t such a bunch of fuck ups, I could see Roberts and Kennedy sending the ACA back to them as a do over (and screw the people, but quietly) but there was no way that was happening. It was going to be a huge fiasco.

      So, yes, he had to save them from themselves.

    • Vecciojohn

      Yep. And anyway, he’s the kind of Republican who would be in favor of Obamacare, since it’s just Romneycare writ large.

      • Zippy

        as I said on the other thread, he’s an old school corporate republican- I thought he’d never cross big biz on this, there’s too much money at stake

    • Lord-Nash

      “Produce an alternative”

      That would be so cute.

  • Msgr_Moment

    Thanks, Obama.

    • OneYieldRegular

      Amen.

    • lovelydestruction

      Sincerely

  • Malmborg Implano

    This means that I’m not nailed to my current job for the next ten years. :>

    • Vienna Woods

      Yay!! We’re so spoiled up here in the GWN that we take it for granted.

    • Meccalopolis

      word up

  • Tony Alexander

    here’s praying that the ssm ruling will drive ’em all to mass suicide!

  • Mehmeisterjr

    I assume that this:

    “contains more than a few examples of inartful drafting”

    and similar passages are meant to discourage the wingnuts from filing more frivolous lawsuits. It won’t work but that is the intent.

  • Villago Delenda Est

    This sucks.

    Now we’ll never know what Yertle’s secret plan was!

    • Mehmeisterjr

      Maybe he could tell us what that plan was, just to show how bad the SCOTUS decision is.

      Waiting…. waiting… waiting…..

    • Left Coast Tom

      Even worse, Yertle will never know what Yertle’s secret plan was.

  • elviouslyqueer

    Mike Huckabee (R-Fleshlight Felcher) is predictably enraged over this on teh Twatters:

    The King v. #Burwell decision, which protects and expands #ObamaCare, is an out-of-control act of judicial tyranny.

    Which means that his head is going to blow clean off his shoulders and settle into orbit around Neptune when Obergefell v. Hodges is decided.

    • Lance Thrustwell

      I’m just trying to decide where to go online tomorrow (or Monday) to drink the purest, saltiest cyber-tears when O v. H is decided – providing it’s favorable. NOM first? Or maybe Breitbart? Or maybe NewsBusters for the really retarded sh*theads. Any recommendations?

      • elviouslyqueer

        Oh no, Family Research Council FTFW. And if you’re on Twitter, make sure to troll @BryanJFischer, provided he hasn’t blocked you (like he did me! *high fives self*).

        • marxalot

          truly, it’s a man’s Twitter enemies which are his true measure. Go you!

    • Villago Delenda Est

      I look forward to that, but Neptune is dreading it.

    • Meccalopolis

      blowed him up real good

  • BadKitty904

    Dear American Medical Association,
    I never thought this would happen to me…

    • Msgr_Moment

      If it persists foe more than four hours….. just sayin”.

  • freakishlystrong

    Something that’s actually good for average Americans? What? Where am I?

    • Boscoe

      Right? -What’s next, no Confederate flags on the Alabama state house? Dogs and cats living together?

  • Joshua Norton

    Are sighs of relief covered under Obamacare?

    Now cue the temper tantrums denying authority of the SCOTUS to rule on the Obamacare decision by people pretending to honor Constitution!

    • Toomush_Infer

      ….And. Breathe out…..

    • Skwerl King

      a momentary visit to Free Republic will give you a lifetime of tantrums.

      • PubOption

        Which is exactly how their commenters act.

    • Mehmeisterjr

      The sighs themselves are not covered but if the sigh is so deep that you herniate yourself, then yes.

  • Vecciojohn

    You do the jiggery-pokery and you get some health care,
    That’s what it’s all about. ?

  • AntiDerpomeme

    So much fun reading lines from the Scalia dissent.

    “[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.”

    This, coming from a guy that would throw almost any law out in favor of Biblical interpretations. Whatever, Fatty Argbargle.

    • Beaumarchais?

      Replace “laws” with “presidential candidates” and that explains why Scalia made W president.

    • Lefty Frizzell

      “[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.”

      Pardon me, but isn’t it their entire fucking job to, in accordance with the constitution, do that?

  • say wha

    But what do the County Sheriffs have to say about Obamacare?

    • Boscoe

      Against it until they need it, then GoFundMe.

  • Lefty Frizzell

    It’s good for the people, but I was kind of looking forward to the Republican Panic.

    None of the spineless panderers are exactly known for risk taking, which strongly suggests that all the grand posturing leading up to this means they knew damned well which way it would go.

  • Serolf Divad

    Seriously, the only thing that could make this sweeter, would be a video of Michelle Bachmann celebrating because she again mistakenly hard that the court ruled the other way. In its absence, Scalia’s whiny tantrum will have to do.

  • marxalot

    Does this mean Actual Bridge Dwelling Troll Greg Abbot will have to do something nice for Texas? Or does it just stop him from doing worse things? Asking for several friends.

    • Nounverb911

      Fremont Troll libel!

  • Vecciojohn

    I’ll bet old Tony really believes in the Debbil now.

  • amindofitsown

    I’m convinced at this point that Scalia is little more than a walking, talking bag of slime.

    • Villago Delenda Est

      Slime on line two. You know the drill.

    • Good_Gawd_Yall

      At this point??!!?
      Uh, forever.

      • amindofitsown

        You’re right, has been. I stand corrected.

  • Lascauxcaveman

    Ha, I called it 6-3 six months ago! Wish I could pick the horses as well as my SCOTUS dealings.

    • marxalot

      You can put a bet on basically anything in Vegas. Or through Lloyd’s of London, world’s largest bookie service masquerading as an insurance firm. Consider it.

  • Tony Alexander

    in my best porn voice: ‘suck it, baggers. suck it REAL good!’

  • Treg Brown

    Boom!
    (Featuring Handsome Ol’ Joe)

    • Lefty Frizzell

      It’s a big fucking deal!

    • freakishlystrong

      I can’t even. That’s so awesome!

    • Dr.Zoidberg

      I’m stealing this gif!

    • mailman27

      Weekend At Barry’s?

  • FlownOver

    Well, yeah, but…

    I’d love to have had the popcorn concession if Republicans had been forced to deal with a decision going the other way.

    Still, FlownYounger keeps his subsidy and access to specialists for chronic issues, so yay.

  • Lady Bug

    I’m looking forward to reading the deleted comments this weekend. Especially since Wonkette doesn’t allow comments.

  • Zippy

    You do the jiggery-pokery
    and you turn yourself around
    That what it’s all about

    • JohnBull

      Coincidentally, “jiggery-pokery” was Scalia’s nickname on campus. At least that’s what public safety called him.

      • jmk

        I thought that was “jiggily no-hoper,” but I may have misheard.

      • Zippy

        if I see him shake it all about I’m going to ouke…

  • Bob@Bob.com

    Poor, poor Republicans. They got something else shoved down their throat. But on the bright side they get a free prostrate exam. Thumbs up!

    • Zippy

      thumbs way up for that exam…

    • cousin itt

      Crazy glue makes a great lube.

      • Mehmeisterjr

        Combined with an industrial bleach enema, of course.

    • Boscoe

      At this point they shouldn’t have any gag-reflex left, so what’re they complaining about?

  • fawkedifiknow

    The reason all those Republican governors didn’t set up their own exchanges is BECAUSE even they knew the federal subsidies were available, not DESPITE it, you fucking moron, Scalia.

    • Villago Delenda Est

      Nino is auditioning for a Faux Noise gig.

      • nmmagyar

        Judge Napolitano (sp?) better watch his ass

        • Antimassacree

          …against jiggery-pokery.

    • Left Coast Tom

      Not just Republican governors, isn’t Oregon on the federal exchange because Oracle screwed up the job of building an Oregon state exchange?

      It’s not “just a website”[sic].

      • Villago Delenda Est

        It was a combination of Larry Ellison fuckup and state bureaucrat fuckup. A lethal combination.

        • Querolous

          When Kitz should have been keeping an eye on things his attention was diverted. Not all bad though; both of me like our new Governess.

  • Electric Ukelele Land

    So “a sound an fury signifying nothing,” again?

  • Mehmeisterjr

    I wonder whether, in his heart of hearts, Roberts is beginning to regret Citizens United. Despite the rulings today, he is going to go down in history as the worst Chief Justice since Roger Taney and he must know it.

    • Villago Delenda Est

      William “Bush v. Gore” Rhenquist libelz!

      • Angry_Cop

        Agreed, not even on the same level. CU is outrageous. Bush v. Gore was, put simply, a judicial coup d’etat. The five who signed it and the four who didn’t call it out in public for what it was should have all gone to prison for treason.

    • Angry_Cop

      I doubt it. The GOP is clown-car failing at the national level because of it, but they are cleaning up big time at the state and local level, which was the whole point of Citizens United anyway.

    • r m reddicks

      He does have to consider the insurance companies. For god’s sake will no one think of the insurance companies?!!!

      • Antimassacree

        They’re people, too!

  • Oblios_Cap

    I just wanted to thank you, Kaili, for adding that emphasis.

    • Boscoe

      It made the whole article, frankly.

  • docterry6973

    Relieved of any responsibility to legislate responsibly, the GOP can go back to repealing Obamacare full time.

    • Msgr_Moment

      GOP welfare from the SCOTUS.

  • Come here a minute

    Your applesauce wouldn’t be pure if it weren’t for the big gubmint and their fancypants “food inspectors”, ASSHOLE.

    • Zippy

      maybe he got it at Whole Foods

      • david green

        So it is past its “sell” date? :

  • Joshua Norton

    It was really nice of SCOTUS to give wingnuttia this warm-up tantrum to get them ready for the Same Sex Marriage verdict.

  • Msgr_Moment

    Y’all down with RBG?

    • nmmagyar

      Yeah you know me

  • freakishlystrong

    Enjoy this, Commies! The “narrative” will be a changin’ the second they get Luntz to craft something for our “media” to recite.

    • Boscoe

      Is Luntz finally off suicide watch?

  • What’s all this talk about SCROTUMcare?

    It sounds good to me! Where do I sign up?

    • Mehmeisterjr

      The Jiggery-Pokery Office. Two doors down on the right.

    • Bob@Bob.com

      Wow. Sorry about your scrot dude.

  • Boscoe

    This is so mind altering… basically you’ve got Roberts pretending that the congress “clearly” meant for the ACA to help people (ROFL, yeah, their intent definitely wasn’t that it should be such a spectacular failure that it would destroy Obummer’s legacy and ensure Republican rule forever). And on the other side you’ve got Scalia pretending that when the bad things happened, the Republicans would do the right thing, (I guess some people just have to get hurt first but it’s the belated thought that counts, right?) so why not just let nature take it’s course instead of “interpreting laws”?

    It’s just bizarre to see both sides giving the Republican congress the benefit of the doubt in opposite directions simultaneously…

    • Angry_Cop

      I think Roberts has made his stance on the ACA perfectly clear – if he sees one more thing cross his desk about it, he’ll strap on the pistol himself and go take care of it, because he’s fucking sick of it.

  • Oblios_Cap

    If Scalia is so disgusted with the Court, maybe he should just resign.

    • jmk

      Pleasepleasepleaseplease

    • BadKitty904

      A Sensible Decision for a Better America.

    • bobbert

      “My commission? Myyy commissssion>”

  • Vecciojohn

    Give ’em hell, Barry!

  • Electric Ukelele Land

    Words matter to Scalia… But only the ones he cares about.

  • Gary Van

    Scalia stated in his dissent that “words have no meaning”, and then filled the remaining ten pages with crayon drawings and scrapbook pastings.

  • BadKitty904

    But what does Victoria “America Died” Jackson think of this judicial decision?

    • jmk

      Hold on… she’s almost done with her new song about it…

      …what else rhymes with Muslim?

      • cousin itt

        Obama.

      • marxalot

        Well, apparently “scuslim” isn’t a word, so it’ll be a minute.

      • Msgr_Moment

        Pus quim?

      • MrBlobfish

        Orange

      • elviouslyqueer

        “Poopsack.”

        • Gleem-McShinez

          You just tripped Vitter’s Google Alert. He’s going to be pissed that there’s no there, there.

      • r m reddicks

        Applesauce?

  • Joshua Norton

    Obamacare is obviously not a cure-all since it’s causing Scalia a big pain in the ass.

  • Swampgas_Man

    Citizens United and ignoring the “Well-Regulated militia” part of the almighty 2nd Amendment are natural reasoning, but ACA is “interpretive jiggery-pokery”?

    • Bob@Bob.com

      Don’t forget “pure applesauce”. This guy sounds like he just stepped out of a Dr. Seuss story

      • Villago Delenda Est

        Which, like Rafael Cruz, he misses the point of.

  • Msgr_Moment

    FreepeRage:

    “This country is dead to me.”
    The old question is up once again for those who have the ability to move – where to go?
    27 posted on 6/25/2015, 11:24:59 AM by Truth29

    What is this sweet nectar? It tastes of salt and desperation.

    • Left Coast Tom

      These people keep promising us they’ll move but never bother doing so.

      • Spotts1701

        They get cold feet when they realize the only places they could go are more socialistic-y than us, or are their version of hell because too full of browns and blahs.

        • Bob@Bob.com

          They just need to retreat to their bunkers then

          • jmk

            I just wish that they’d stay the fuck in their bunkers… for all our sakes.

        • elviouslyqueer

          Oh, I dunno. I hear the lunar landscape is spectacular this time of year..

          http://www.mememaker.net/static/images/memes/4137903.jpg

          • bobbert

            Now, that’s a nice find.

    • Angry_Cop

      Fuck, I hear this about my native state (Commiefornia) every day. I beg them…please leave! Please!

      They never, ever do.

      • Villago Delenda Est

        FreeRepublic is based in Fresno.

        Yeah, you heard me.

        • Angry_Cop

          So’s an ex-girlfriend of mine. So, two reasons to drive around the shithole town.

          • Left Coast Tom

            On the other hand, driving through on the way to Kings Canyon…Fresno has some nice Armenian food.

        • georgiaburning

          Figures

        • RoyalUglyDude

          That explains why their content seems like it’s written by virulent raisins.

        • Meccalopolis

          yeah-even the cops are on crank in the central valley

        • david green

          Well, to be fare, Fresno is right in the middle of the Mississippi part of California.

    • SnarkOff

      Wingnut logic: “Let’s move to a place where we can be free to get sick and die in the street because we have no healthcare.”

    • MrBlobfish

      All the habitable places have gun control and socialized medicine. Suck on it, nut jobs.

      • Msgr_Moment

        I hear the rent and taxes in Somalia are pretty low.

        • Dee Andee

          It seems to be the most oft-suggested location for disgruntled wingnuts, at least here at Wonkette. :D

  • calliecallie

    “Hope you have finally learned your lesson.”
    Is our Republicans learning yet? Probably not.

  • Swampgas_Man

    I admit, when I first glanced at that headline, I thought SCOTUS had finally announced their gay marriage decision.

    • Jen_Baker_VA

      they are saving that one for next.
      I am gonna guess Tony says some butthurt thing about how the Court is just making stuff up and being meanie pants

  • MrBlobfish

    This sure has been a transformational week and a half.

  • SnarkOff

    “interpretive jiggery-pokery” is an awesome phrase.

    • Enfant Terrible

      Twyla Tharp could make a dance out of that.

    • Relativicus

      Except the words have context, but no meaning, which makes the phrase a strange thing for a “textualist” to say. Also too, I doubt the majority opinion was made out of “pure applesauce.”

      • Villago Delenda Est

        Well, I say we get some scientists to determine if the applesauce is pure, or if perhaps it might have Antonin droppings in it.

      • SnarkOff

        Well, I was an English major. To me, and despite that Scalia said it, it is positively poetic.

        • jmk

          I enjoyed it also too, despite the source.

          It has a nice rhythm…and references interpretive dance as well as hocus-pocus.

          Of course, the man who said it is an asshole and it doesn’t apply to the context in which he used it… but as a phrase, it’s nice.

        • nmmagyar

          Argle bargle is wonderful also, too. He should quit the bench and devote all his time making up lovely phrases for us to use.

          • SnarkOff

            I had no idea “argle bargle” was Scalia’s! The man is a verbal genius.

          • nmmagyar

            Yup – I think Argle-Bargle first appeared in Windsor

          • bobbert

            Oh, wait, your joking.

            Ignore this comment.

    • Lefty Frizzell

      Applies superbly appropriately to the Citizens United and Hobby Lobby decisions.

      • Antimassacree

        In which Democracy gets pokered just about to death.

  • VirginiaLady

    Let’s see, NASCAR too pulls all confederate flags and SCOTUS voted for instead of against citizens having access to health care. Is de debbil taking snow boarding lessons yet cause it froze over at his residence?

    • jmk

      And in Kansas, a judge put the brakes on that whole “yeah, no ‘bortions for YOU” initiative also too.

      I’m beginning to wonder if it’s the end times.

      • 1Centrist

        For some it may seem that way.

        • Dee Andee

          Cool, isn’t it? ;D

  • Lascauxcaveman

    Final in-chambers meeting of SCOTUS before writing the decision and dissenting opininion:

    Roberts: The combination of no tax credits and an ineffective coverage requirement could well push a State’s individual insurance market into a death spiral. It is implausible that Congress meant the Act to operate in this manner. Anybody seriously think otherwise? Tony?

    Scalia: But the law says the exchanges have to be set up by the state. Not the federal government! Nanny-nanny-boo-boo!

    Roberts: How about you, Alito?

    Alito: Boo!

    Roberts: Clarence?

    [/silence]

    • Jen_Baker_VA

      Don’t the cons constantly call the Feds the “state”?

      • nmmagyar

        I have seen the argument, made in all seriousness, that when the fed is referred to as the state, it has to be capitalized. As if that make a difference.

        • Blank Ron

          Does this have anything to with that fringe-on-the-flag silliness the sovereign citizens like to make a fuss over?

          • nmmagyar

            What a silly question! Of course it is.

          • bobbert

            basilmarceaux.com libel

  • Joshua Norton

    Worst of all for the repute of today’s decision, the Court’s reasoning is largely self-defeating.

    Needz moar “Hitler”.

    • Lot_49

      You know who else didn’t mistake a drafting error for the will of the peoples’ elected representatives?

      • r m reddicks

        Moar Hitlerz!

    • Angry_Cop

      What doesn’t?

  • cousin itt

    Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry said, “While I disagree with the ruling, it was never up to the Supreme Court to save us from Obamacare. We need leadership in the White House that recognizes the folly of having to pass a bill to know what’s in it.”

    Rick should know. Sometimes you have to pass wind to know what that third department you’d axe is in your own head.

    • Angry_Cop

      2010 called, Governor, they want their pathetic meme back.

  • say wha

    Hey Scalia, what do you and Harry Potter have in common?

    “Jiggery pokery!” said Harry in a fierce voice. “Hocus pocus — squiggly wiggly —”
    “MUUUUUUM!” howled Dudley, “He’s doing you know what!”

    From Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

    • Villago Delenda Est

      “It’s pronounced JIGG-er-y, not jigg-ER-y”.

      • Antimassacree

        Scalia really does need to rethink his priorities.

  • Biel_ze_Bubba

    6-3, and I didn’t have to read the thing to know who the three blind mice were.

    • CptnSpldng

      Ground out, short to first.

  • Msgr_Moment

    We need kittehs, stat, for all the butthurt being-deleted-as-we-speak freepers, so that they don’t clog up the nation’s ERs.

    • Villago Delenda Est

      Look, buddy, the humane society has enough problems already with abused kittehs.

    • Me not sure

      The doctor will see you now.

  • Scalia is displaying a level of petulance unbecoming a Supreme Court Justice.

    • Villago Delenda Est

      But pretty much what we’ve come to inspect when Baby Nino does not get his way.

      • AntiDerpomeme

        Nap time?

        • nmmagyar

          Dirty nappy

      • david green

        Well, anything to keep his blood pressure up.

    • Antimassacree

      and Justice [sic] Thomas, a level of flatulence.

  • Me not sure

    I live in a state (GA) with no exchange or Medicaid expansion. My daughter is self employed and used the federal exchange to get insurance at a much cheaper rate than ever before. Even though she’s not eligible for subsidies, a vote by the court overturning the subsidies provision would have dumped thousands of Georgians out of the market and driven prices sky high in this state, putting her health insurance at risk. I like my applesauce with a little cinnamon sprinkled on top. Yummm!

    • Jen_Baker_VA

      but but but millllions lost their insurance! If you count the few who decided to dump theirs in favor of something cheaper, and those who were told by their insurance companies that they needed a different plan because the plan they had been paying for was a: too expensive and b: didn’t cover what the new law says it must

    • Mintie

      My grandma adds a smidge of nutmeg, too. Adds depth :)

      • Me not sure

        I say let’s put granny on the court.

        • Mintie

          Granny was a nurse for 40 years before retiring. She would never make it past the nomination phase because she actually knows stuff.

          • Me not sure

            Damn that pesky knowledge!

      • Querolous

        I like cinnamon in my applesauce. Unfortunately a future notpresident cornered the market making diabetes remedies.

  • r m reddicks

    You put your left foot in and do something and then something else and you shake it all about. That’s how we do the “interpretive jiggery-pokery”.

  • Jen_Baker_VA

    They also upheld the housing act, which is a good and liberal thing to do, but not as momentous as this
    Also, suck it, cons :D My childish response for the day.

  • OneYieldRegular

    “Congress could also do something else altogether, entirely abandoning the structure of the Affordable Care Act.

    Like deciding that the Supreme Court should have 17 members instead of nine, or adding four new legislative branches, or having one President elected and another appointed by the most morally upstanding *cough*Catholic*cough* member of the current Supreme Court.

  • Belasaurius

    show me on the doll where the black man touched your freedoms

    • nmmagyar

      Right here, in my heart

    • Gleem-McShinez

      Not sure who, but someone’s definitely been tickling my schadenfreude.

  • proudgrampa

    So now I’m understanding a little more of the Congressional Butt-hurt.
    Basically, SCOTUS told Congress: “You fucked up, assholes.”

  • Meccalopolis

    “jiggery-pokery”

    he so wanted to say, ‘n****r rigging’

    • r m reddicks

      Thomas had to draw the silent line somewhere.

      • r m reddicks

        I was hoping to not get there.

      • Antimassacree

        One might say he “drew a line in the stand.”

    • God what a bunch of flibbertigibbet!

  • Pierre_de_Fermat

    But … but … what about the Death Panels! FEMA Camps! Jade Helm! Chemtrails! Oppression! Tyranny!

    • Land Shark

      what? No Benghazi?

      slacker.

  • m3bosha

    Could someone just point out to Scalia that ACA said “the state” — singular — not “the stateS” — plural. Seems pretty simple actually. Oh. And nanny-nanny-boo-boo!

    • Jen_Baker_VA

      It is only allowed to be called “The State” when it is a discussion on how the tyrants are trying to grab our guns.
      otherwise, all mentions of state means 50 state but, like the rapper, they forgot the s at the end

  • dslindc

    This is obviously just another attack on Christians. Thanks, Obama!

  • MegPasadena

    “The Court predicts that making tax credits unavailable in States that do not set up their own Exchanges would cause disastrous economic consequences there. If that is so, however, wouldn’t one expect States to react by setting up their own Exchanges?”

    So by Scalia’s own argument, shouldn’t it come to this conclusion: since states did not rush to set up their own Exchange, it means they do not think there is the danger of them losing the tax credits to begin with? So every sane person seems to have read the law the way the IRS reads it.

  • VandeGraf

    I had to check the dates in Wikipedia to make certain that Scalia wasn’t the reincarnation of Mussolini, but no joy. Instead he seems to be channeling his inner Duce (or is that spelled Douche).

  • SK

    Mixed feelings on this. Those leeches in Owsley County continue to get healthcare.

  • Antimassacree

    Scalia has an active imagination in which the GOP desires not only political power but also to govern justly and wisely. Sorry Tony, but those days are long gone.

  • Lord-Nash

    Can’t wait to see the butthurt when they strike down the ban on gay marriage. This, and maybe the flag coming down? This is 6 days away from Christmas in July.

    • Lord-Nash

      AHA! There it is!

  • TheBidenator

    Yes they should scrap the Afforable Care Act and go with single payer, Nino…we agree. Hah! Like Nino would ever want something that helps everyone, no I’m sure he thinks letting insurers sell across state lines, tort reform, high risk pools, repealing Medicaid and adding moar HSA’s would fix everything…Nino is also a complete moran.

  • Antimassacree

    Wow, Schadenfreude really is die beste Freude!

    • zerosumgame0005

      really tasty when served with deep-fried “jiggery-pokery” and “pure applesauce.”

    • Hardly Ideal

      I still need to come up with a proper cocktail based on that. I’m guessing it’d involve molasses, coffee liqueur, lots of ice, and a dark room with a blazing fireplace to enjoy it in.

      • Antimassacree

        Plus a dash of GOP tears.

  • Mintie

    No, but I will blame them for trying to take it away.

  • Scalia sure drops his focus on the intent of lawmakers fast when those lawmakers aren’t safely dead and buried.

  • iRock

    Health Ins stocks took a jump… Just a reminder that single payer is where we should be heading…..

    That’s when heads will really explode.

  • Pierre_de_Fermat

    Actually: Thanks, Obama.

  • Jerry Noneofyourbizz

    “Hope you have finally learned your lesson.”
    Put that hope in one hand and shit in the other.

  • Last Hussar

    Correct decision (if I understand other parts of the law), but bad reasoning and wrong reason.

    If a law is written “We include A, B, C, D, F, G, H” you can’t go “Well OBVIOUSLY we meant E – we’re just a bit crap at writing letters”. The law DOESN’T say ‘E’ so you can’t say ‘E’. This is the problem with the 2nd amendment. Everyone thinks they know what the writers meant, but given they are dead you can’t ask them. Some of your laws are REALLY badly written.

    This is something that was drummed into me as a Union rep – when writing motions for conference you can’t argue the spirit of the motion – only the wording, because one day the people who know the spirit won’t be around to ask. (On a parallel point, this is why British judges have the undeserved reputation of being out of touch – they know very well who The Beatles are, but by asking – a popular beat combo, apparently – they make sure it gets recorded so that if that case is used in a point of law in 100 years time it is recorded somewhere)

    I understand that a few paragraphs later Federal subsidies is referred to. That’s your reason – ‘established by the state’ doesn’t SPECIFICALLY stop these Federal monies, ergo even if ‘Established by the state’ ONLY means by the actual state, not Federal government, the Federal Government still has ‘an in’.

    Who writes your laws? I mean actually writes them? You don’t actually leave it to the politicians do you? Surely you have teams of Civil Servants you are experts at getting this stuff down on paper.

    • LegionOfDo

      Well, to be fair, the Supreme Court doesn’t even interpret the Constitution literally, but according to what they believe its intent is. The principle is no different in this case. So correct decision, and for the right reason.

      • Last Hussar

        That’s a bug, not a feature. How can they possibly know what the intent is? Ouija board? A law should be explicit and rigidly defined, or it will be unclear. What if Republicans in Senate said “well OUR intention was exchanges should only be set up by the individual states, to allow them to opt out”? If Senators vote on what they think the intention is, then thy may be voting on wildly different things.

        The next big case is allowing same-sex couples to marry. I understand this is being done under the 14th amendment. Given the time period when this was written, do you honestly believe the draughters intended it to recognise something that was illegal, and unspeakable, at the time? Do you honestly believe any member of the 19th century Congress would have said ” of course you an buttsechs each other”?

        • LegionOfDo

          But preventing people from obtaining insurance if their state failed to set up an exchange was not the intent of the PPACA. For a senator to say otherwise would be a lie, which is why none of them actually said that. As to your second point, just because there is (or was) a law prohibiting something does not mean said law is (or was) constitutional. That is why anti sodomy laws everywhere were struck down. Yes, they did recognize the right of people to “buttsechs” each other. Gay sex is not a modern invention, after all. It existed then and they were fully aware of it. The Supreme Court is simply going to affirm that the Constitution does not prohibit gay couples from enjoying the same rights as straight couples.

    • david green

      I’ll have you know, Sir, that our laws are not written by lowly civil servants and technocrats who are very qualified to write laws wisely and coherently. We use our precious freedom to elect a bunch of semi-literate pig castrators who have never had to write anything more complex than “What I did on my Summer Vacation”. They are, in that task, aided by various hangers-on, lobbyists, and relatives on their staff. And that, Sir, is why America is so great.

      • Last Hussar

        I beg your forgiveness. Who could doubt old rich white men who thought Sarah Palin was a good idea?

      • Grokenstein

        No, Sir, America is, in the words of that great orator Andrea Tantaros, awesome, because we torture. Also “Number One,” despite the fact that we are not “number one” by any measure; facts are liberally biased and therefore irrelevant and socialist and perverts.

  • glasspusher

    Wait- this is the same Scalia who, when asked about the 2000 Bush v. Gore SCOTUS decision, told folks to “get over it!”? Shoe’s on the other foot now, clearly.

    • bobbert

      Why yes, I believe it is the same fat fuck.

  • Grokenstein

    so that any idiot, including Republicans, could understand that the bill was intended to help everybody

    Stupid babies need the MOST attention!
    http://i.imgur.com/cCc4ynb.png

  • Grokenstein

    In the end, it was written hastily, and secretly, and “crammed down our throats” because Republicans are determined that otherwise, reform will NEVER take place.

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