So what's Antonin Scalia thinking?
U.S. Solicitor General Donald Verrilli told the court the Obama administration’s reading of the law was the only one that made sense. Allowing subsidies nationwide is compelled by the structure and design of the health law, he said, adding that Mr. Carvin’s interpretation couldn’t be what Congress intended.The court is supposed to look at the intent, and the way it was implemented. But that would be too easy.
Justice Antonin Scalia jumped in and said, “Of course it could be.” What mattered, Justice Scalia said, is how Congress actually wrote the law.
The irony of the court challenge to me is this; the plaintiff is arguing against having any insurance at all. Because he doesn't want it, millions who want coverage will lose theirs. That's the kind of society we have today, and it's only going to get much worse.
Frustrating too is watching the valiant effort by Sen. Kathleen Vinehout to bring back the nearly completed work of the Doyle administrations state exchange.
WSJ: A bill released by state Sen. Kathleen Vinehout, D-Alma, and Rep. Melissa Sargent, D-Madison, would set up the Badger Health Benefit Authority to run an exchange with insurance options for individuals and employers with up to 100 workers.
The bill draws on work by former Democratic Gov. Jim Doyle to set up a state exchange, Vinehout said. Gov. Scott Walker, a Republican, opted instead for the federal exchange.
“Let’s make sure the people of our state are not devastated by partisan politics,” Sargent said.
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