The United States Supreme Court will soon hand down its opinion in King v. Burwell and we will get to see just how stupid the GOP is.
To recap, the case centers on whether states that do not set up state based exchanges can get subsidies from the federal government to subsidize healthcare costs.
The law, as drafted, had a section on state based exchanges. That section gave federal subsidies. The law had a separate section on states that did not create state based exchanges. The law allowed federal exchanges, but did not have language giving a federal subsidy in the federal exchanges. That language was there, but was removed before final passage.
The healthcare expert Democrats relied on to help draft Obamacare, Jonathan Gruber, was recorded saying this was done to incentivize the establishment of state based exchanges. The Democrats now pretend none of this happened and it was a “drafting error” the Supreme Court should fix for them.
I have no idea how King v. Burwell will be decided, but given how much pressure the Democrats are trying to put on the Court, the odds are they think it will be decided against them. Who knows. If it is decided against them though, they will scramble quickly to make Republicans own it.
Republicans, of course, lack any and all testicular fortitude — it having been drained by the yellow stripe down their backs.
Here’s the great test for the GOP. If King v. Burwell is decided against the Democrats, Republicans need advertisements ready to go across the fifty states with a very simple message.
“They never read it, they rushed it through, and now you’re paying the price. Tell Barack Obama we need to repeal Obamacare and start over.”
Use [mc_name name=’Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)’ chamber=’house’ mcid=’P000197′ ]’s clip that they had to pass the law to find out what was in it.
Democrats passed this law over Republican objections. They drafted it. They screwed it up. Make them own it.
If Republicans do not do this we can be assured that (1) they are interested in fixing Obamacare, not repealing it and (2) are political and moral cowards.