GOP Rep Introduces Law To Remove SCOTUS ‘Exemption’ From Obamacare — That Doesn’t Exist

When the Hobby Lobby and Citizens United decisions came down from the Supreme Court, Republicans sang the praises of the high court, applauding it for caring so much about the American people pandering to the Christian right and selling elections to billionaires. When it comes to the Affordable Care Act, suddenly the Supreme Court turns into a rogue liberal death panel seeking to destroy the very foundations of what America was built on.

A 6-3 decision hardly being along party lines, the Supreme Court ruled that four words that are not in adherence to the spirit of the law’s intent were null and void, and that the subsidies that make the law what it is to millions of Americans are guaranteed, regardless of a textual error.

Republicans, of course, say that the court’s removal of those four words is unprecedented, and that the Supreme Court is not writing laws and interpreting them as they see fit. In reality, the Supreme Court has fixed drafting errors in order to make language fit into context for a couple hundred years now, and it is their job to interpret what congress passes and the president signs in all cases of law and equity under the constitution.

That’s not some liberal invention to sway the court to swing left, it’s article 3 section 2 of the constitution.

That won’t stop the Republicans from stomping their feet like toddlers, putting out Facebook videos about how horrible the Supreme Court is or re-hashing old rhetoric and lies about the Affordable Care Act – it’s what they do. One such toddler, Rep. Brian Babin (R-Texas), has decided to introduce a law that would take away the Supreme Court and its employees’ “exemption” to the ACA, forcing them to sign up for the “Obamacare plan.”

It seems Brian Babin either has no idea what the ACA is and how it works, or he just enjoys spreading one of the easiest Obamacare lies to debunk in the history of debunkable Obamacare lies.

Babin said:

“As the Supreme Court continues to ignore the letter of the law, it’s important that these six individuals understand the full impact of their decisions on the American people.  That’s why I introduced the SCOTUScare Act to require the Supreme Court and all of its employees to sign up for Obamacare.  By eliminating their exemption from Obamacare, they will see firsthand what the American people are forced to live with!”

Good golly its the mother of all useless legislation. If you pass a bill that states that all things SCOTUS are NOT exempt from Obamacare, the president will gladly sign as he laughs at you.

There is no such thing as an “exemption” for SCOTUS. You don’t “sign up for Obamacare,” a healthcare law nicknamed Obamacare protects you from greedy insurance companies, lifetime caps for getting too sick, denial due to pre-existing conditions and skyrocketing premiums that aren’t used for actual medical needs.

If the congressman is saying that all Supreme Court employees should be kicked off of their employer-provided health coverage and forced to purchase policies on healthcare exchanges, they’re doing exactly what they’ve erroneously accused the law of doing for years now to a group of people to try to punish them for not giving them their way.

The Supreme Court and its employees are “enrolled in Obamacare,” since we’re using terms that are whatever you say they are out of context, by virtue of their employer based health care conforming to the law. Not only is that true, but forcing them onto the exchanges would violate the clause that states that people with employer-based coverage can’t buy coverage on the exchanges, because they are putting unnecessary burden on the taxpayer if the government has to offer them a subsidy.

The blathering of idiots will continue for a few more days, culminating in yet another vote to repeal the law completely, in favor of a gaping black hole of un-affordable healthcare and uncertainty, with no Republican alternative in sight.

Maybe its time they give in, jump on the “Mitt Romney designed it” bandwagon and take credit for it. Nobody would mind, because history always remembers.

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