Thursday, June 25, 2015

I'm not too excited...

I'm not too excited one way or the other ... about the Supreme Court decision to uphold subsidies in ObamaCare even in states that use the federal exchange.  Even if the decision had gone the other way, I was confident that the Republican bozo parade would screw things up even worse.  So I was neither particularly surprised by the decision, nor dismayed by it.

But the dissenting opinion (written by Scalia, joined by Alito and Thomas) ... that's another story altogether!  I can't recall another case where any of the opinions were quite this scathing, or so bluntly written.  It's absolutely stuffed with delicious and spicy sections, a few of them laugh-out-loud funny.  It's also as good a summary as I've seen about what's wrong with the court.  If you stop and think hard while you're reading that dissent, and you're not a progressive, it will bring the doom upon you.  It tells the story of America's rot from the top...

The opinion itself is available online.  It's not that long; I read it carefully in just over an hour.  The majority opinion makes me long for a mechanism to impeach the Supreme Court.  If you want to skip directly to the fun stuff, Scalia's dissent starts on page 27 of the PDF.  The Federalist has a good collection of some of the best quotes out of Scalia's dissent.  I'll give you just one example:
“Today’s interpretation is not merely unnatural; it is unheard of. Who would ever have dreamt that ‘Exchange established by the State’ means ‘Exchange established by the State or the Federal Government’?”
I don't think Scalia is very happy about this decision :)

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