Thursday, June 25, 2015

Health insurance cos. have Chief Justice Roberts ear

And what they probably shouted into his shell like was something like You fuck with our gravy train and you are dead! And The Chief Justice responded loud and clear to their "plea".
The Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that President Obama’s health care law allows the government to provide nationwide tax subsidies to help poor and middle-class people buy health insurance, a sweeping vindication that endorsed the larger purpose of Mr. Obama’s signature legislative achievement.

The 6-to-3 ruling means that it is all but certain that the Affordable Care Act will survive after Mr. Obama leaves office in 2017, and will give it a greater chance of becoming an enduring part of America’s social safety net.

For the second time in three years, the law t survived an encounter with the Supreme Court. But the court’s tone was different this time. The first decision, in 2012, was fractured and grudging, while Thursday’s ruling was more assertive.

“Congress passed the Affordable Care Act to improve health insurance markets, not to destroy them,” Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. wrote for the majority.
The three conservative stooges, Scalia, Thomas & Alito responded with their usual twisted legal logic and ad hominem slurs against the majority but they were just pissing into the wind.
Justice Scalia announced his dissent from the bench, a sign of bitter disagreement. His summary was laced with notes of incredulity and sarcasm, which sometimes drawing amused murmurs in the courtroom as he described the “interpretive somersaults” he said the majority had performed to reach the decision.

“We really should start calling this law SCOTUS-care,” Justice Scalia said, to laughter from the audience.
Old Tony was saddened to realize, as we all have before him, that record profits for the health insurance companies speak much louder than ideology when they don't agree.


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