Friday, June 26, 2015

SCOTUS Rewrites ObamaCare to Save It

One might think a 2700-page, largely unread healthcare bill passed solely by Democrats that remains as unpopular as ever might chasten the president who championed it. Especially when that effort was based on a litany of lies, one of which earned Obama Politifact’s 2013 Lie of the Year Reward.

Yet as has documented, the president remains determined to double down on his continuing effort to deceive the American public. And sad to say, yesterday morning the Supreme Court rewarded the administration for its mendacity. In a 6-3 ruling, SCOTUS upheldthe Obama administration’s unilateral decision to provide insurance subsidies on healthcare exchanges in every state, despite wording in the original bill limiting such subsidies to exchanges “established by the state.”

We begin with Obama’s insistence that Americans who had insurance prior to the passage of ObamaCare “got a better deal now” in reference to the additional insurance requirements provided by the law. Yet those additional requirements come at a higher cost for many Americans, and many of those requirements, such as maternity care coverage provided to single men or the elderly, are nothing more than subsidies that force some Americans to underwrite the healthcare of other Americans.

webpage promoting the president’s assertion that “129 million people who could have otherwise been denied or faced discrimination now have access to coverage,” is grossly misleading. Most of those Americans already had access to healthcare through their employers, before ObamaCare was even launched. Furthermore, if the business mandate was so great, why was it unilaterally delayed by the White House until 2015, and why have so many businesses cut employee hoursbelow the 30-hour-per-week threshold at which the employer mandate to provide health insurance kicks in?

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