Accuracy in Media

The Supreme Court bent over backwards today in an attempt to save Obamacare from its own tortured language by reinterpreting the statute, making the plain phrase “Exchange established by the state” signify both the state and federal exchanges. The mainstream media, in turn, are triumphal, having helped sway the final decision.

We have repeatedly written about The New York Times’ biased reporting regarding the King v. Burwell case and Obamacare in general. Today, the Times’ Editorial Board came out and said what Americans already knew, having read many of this paper’s farcical health care columns masquerading as reporting. The Times condemned the plaintiffs as having spearheaded a “blatantly political effort to destroy the Affordable Care Act,” called the case an “ideological farce dressed in a specious legal argument,” and claimed “the court should never have taken review of it to begin with.”

“The somersaults of statutory interpretation they [the Justices of the Supreme Court] have performed …will be cited by litigants endlessly, to the confusion of honest jurisprudence,” concludes Justice Antonin Scalia in his dissent, joined by Justices Clarence Thomas and Sam Alito. “And the 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.”

“So it rewrites the law to make tax credits available everywhere,” he dissents. “We should start calling this law SCOTUScare.” The Court’s interpretation is “absurd,” Justice Scalia writes.

I agree with these three Justices that the majority’s Supreme Court decision today seemed more focused on reinterpreting the law to the point of incoherence in order to save the administration’s favored project than it was on a fair interpretation of the intent of the law.

This was, no doubt, a politically influenced decision. Perhaps the media’s full court press preserving the illusion of Obamacare’s successes against all evidence helped to sway the Justices. Or, maybe, given the court’s prior decision on the individual mandate, the Justices had already made up their minds and were looking for a pretext.

This latest decision on federal subsidies was wrong for the nation and it ignores the plain language of the law. Obamacare is a disastrous policy with harmful nationwide impacts.

The majority opinion states 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,” Justice John Roberts writes for the majority.

Justice Scalia notes that these Justices are “presuppos[ing] the availability of tax credits on both federal and state Exchanges.”

In other words, because federal tax credits have already been given to millions of people, they must continue. President Obama now asserts that this ruling was a “historic and emphatic declaration that the law has now been ‘woven into the fabric of America.’”

What has been woven into the fabric of our country are higher premiums, less quality health care, higher deductibles and a program—Obamacare—that discourages companies from offering full-time employment.

Yet the mainstream media and President Obama have united to promote the illusory and nonexistent successes of this law despite the weight of the evidence, even to the point of recently ignoring new revelations regarding MIT professor Jonathan Gruber’s role in this debacle.

Then-Senator Ben Nelson (D-NE) played a key role in ensuring that those four words, “established by the state,” were deliberately written into the law in order to assure his vote. There was no drafting error, as the media maintains.

USA Today’s David Jackson reports today that “GOP candidates” are “maintaining” their “attacks” on this abomination of a health care law. “In a sense, Thursday’s ruling means little if anything for the health care law or the politics surrounding it,” he reports.

“Democratic lawmakers said the decision should persuade Republicans to give up what they called a quixotic quest to repeal the health care law,” reports Jackson.

As the primaries heat up, the real questions for Republicans are:

  • How big of an issue will this be among Republican candidates?
  • Which position will prevail among GOP primary voters: full repeal, repeal and replace, or acceptance that Obamacare is here to stay?
  • If it is the latter, should Republicans seek to tweak the law to make it better; or not tweak it so that the full extent of Obamacare’s impact will be made clear?

If there is a silver lining for Republicans and conservatives, it’s that they don’t now have to come up with a plan to fix, and keep funding, the federal subsidies for people in states without their own exchanges, while the Democrats and the media join together to demand that the GOP do something to protect those people, as they would have had the court decided otherwise.

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  • marlene

    By reinterpreting the status, the corrupt supremeless usurped the constitution and overreached their authority. This render their decision moot – null and void. It’s up to congress, governors and state legislators to right this wrong. If they don’t, it’s OUR problem. Contact them and demand they remove all 9 traitors from the bench.

  • John Cunningham

    It is imperative Conservatives win next year and keep the Congress. At least two Justices are likely to retire during those terms and as it stands right now we have a renegade Supreme Court with John Roberts going through the Sutter change. At this time Conservatives have only three Justices to count on and with the Liberals getting stronger by the day, we need stability. I am ashamed of John Roberts. He has allowed Barack Obama to intimidate him and America is to important to allow Politics to enter our Courts.

  • Ted

    It wasn’t … “attempting to save”. It was … “saved”.

    The ACA is the law of the land, now … like Social Security and Medicare … and it will remain in place until replaced by a single-payer system. But, as with the Roe vs. Wade decision in 1973, there will be rockheaded Republicans b*tching about King vs. Burwell 42 years from now … and longer! It’s what the Republicans do best … b*tch! Spreading hot-air. Contributing to global warming!

  • John Cunningham

    Today the Supreme Court finally put the last nail in the coffin that once was America. Gay Rights is allowed across the Country. Now, there is no doubt in my mind Barack Obama will order the confiscation of all guns. It is just a matter of time. Our Congress is inept, and our Courts rule along Liberal lines. We The People have turned our back for to long. Now we will all reap what we soe.

  • Kathleen Breslin

    I am so disheartened. Our beautiful strong republic is gone. We have been on this downward trajectory for sometime but this President(who vowed to fundamentally transform our nation) has succeded,with a great deal of help from SCOTUS. I don’t know if threats or bribery was involved but what else could. It have been. The Constitution wasn’t interpreted to help guide the Court and it certainly wasn’t upheld or respected. Sorry kids and grandkids,we have failed you. My heart is breaking.every time I hear President Obama say thee White House is his house , and he says it often. Shining rainbow colors on the people’s house without permission was arrogant and divissive. How nice would it be to see. red white and blue instead.

  • disqus_smWiOrvPtd

    The real goal is to silence the church that preaches against sin. Pure and simple. If you can silence the rebuke, then sin can abound. Silence allowed all the crimes in Germany to happen. When the American soldiers discovered the horror of Auschwitz, they drug the people from the nearby town and shamed them to look at the stench. And the people said, “we didn’t know.” Baloney! They were silent in the midst of unrighteousness!

  • John Cunningham

    It seems, all America will now become San Fransisco now?

  • disqus_smWiOrvPtd

    The goal is more like Moscow. There may be a San Francisco feel in between.

  • John Cunningham

    Moscow? Definitely but, I can’t quite see Putin entertaining a Gay Lifestyle.

  • disqus_smWiOrvPtd

    The strength of a nation is found in its morality. It’s a classic strategy called demoralization. Marxists weaken the nation to the point of collapse and then the useful idiots are not so useful anymore.

    Here’s a fun fact for you. In the labor camps of the Soviet Union, there were two classes of people: genuine criminals and political dissidents. Of the criminals: most all were homosexuals. So much so, that a few liberals have argued in recent years that they were criminals because they criminalized homosexuality to try and cover for homosexuals.

    However, I do think the antichrist will be a sodomite.

  • John Cunningham

    “However, I do think the antichrist will be a sodomite.”

    Or, already is. I wonder. Of course once people settle into the new America and, many are persecuted for things they did on an everyday basis. All Hell is going to break loose. My Son is a Minister. I have a feeling I will need to protect him and his Family at some point.

  • RMThoughts

    Has anyone truly connected the dots yet?

    Obamacare, slated to fail and morph into socialized medicine under a single payer system, leads to central government control of health care resources.

    Sodomite “marriage,” now a right thanks to the Supreme Court, overruled the
    Tenth Amendment meaning central government dictates more to the people and States. The Supreme Court declared central government decides what is a “right” and who has “rights.” They declared a central government controls the granting of rights and declared government has authority to determine recogntion or denial of religious beliefs.

    In addition, the TPA, which might as well be a green light for TISA, TTIP and TPP, authorizes Obama to negotiate “free trade” agreements that further damage our economy and sell out the sovereignty of our nation and citizens to corporations and to declare allegiance for a one-world government. Let that sink in.

    Now, Obama and is political class are busy working on unilateral, executive gun control laws.

    Much has been debated with the recent “regime change” in Kiev was a coup d’etat. We need to discuss the coup d’etat that has taken place in Washington DC.

  • Marshall Goodman

    The “law” could be disqualified just based on the illegal and immoral way it made it through Congress. Washington D.C. is now Moscow-on-the-Potomac.