Wednesday, March 04, 2015

The die is cast, will people die because conservatives hate Obama?

Today, the Supreme Court heard the Obamacare case which could end healthcare subsidies in all the states whose Republican governors or legislatures refuse to set up their own insurance exchange. This would, of course, be disastrous for millions of people and would likely cause a death spiral that would destroy the Affordable Care Act. Conservatives would love this, as they apparently like to pay more for healthcare, want to increase the deficit and to deprive millions of their fellow Americans of a basic human right. Go freedom!

Chief Justice John Roberts, who cast the deciding vote to save Obamacare a couple of years ago, and was pilloried by conservatives afterwards, was mostly silent during the questioning, not tipping his hand this time. However, there is some hope for those who have compassion for their fellow humans, as Justice Kennedy seems to be concerned about the Constitutionality of reading the ACA statute the way the plaintiffs want him to. That could be very good news. Justices Scalia and Alito were their usual evil, asshole selves.

The decision will come out sometime in June.

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