ACA Upheld

Well, John Roberts is probably going into the Witness Protection Program again as the SCOTUS upholds the existing law by a 6-3 vote. (Roberts and Kennedy were the defectors leaving Alito, Scalia, and Mini-Scalia, um, Clarence Thomas fuming in the cloakroom.)

Which of course only can mean one thing: the 2016 Goat Rodeo contenders can still agitate the base about the evils of Obamacare. Assuming pole position (if you know what I mean, and I think you do) is Uncle Sugar:

“Today’s King v. Burwell decision, which protects and expands ObamaCare, is an out-of-control act of judicial tyranny,” Huckabee said in his statement. “Our Founding Fathers didn’t create a ‘do-over’ provision in our Constitution that allows unelected, Supreme Court justices the power to circumvent Congress and rewrite bad laws.”

Huckabee went on to criticize Congress and demanded that it admit wrongdoing.

“The solution is for Congress to admit they screwed up, repeal the ‘nightmare of Obamacare’, and let states road-test real health care reforms,” Huckabee said.

Huckabee also explained what he would do differently.

“As President, I will protect Medicare, repeal ObamaCare, and pass real reform that will actually lower costs, while focusing on cures and prevention rather than intervention,” Huckabee said. “The status quo is unfair, unaffordable, unsustainable, and completely un-American.”

We’ll be updating this post (I’m guessing) as all the Confederacy try to out scowl each other. Stay tuned!

Update 1: Scalia’s dissent includes this line:

“We should start calling this law SCOTUScare.”

Update 2: Gov. Sammiches reacts!

Update 3: Fire ‘Em All Fiorina:

“Obamacare has not lived up to what we were promised. Instead of allowing those with insurance to stay on the plans they knew and liked, millions of people have been compelled to buy health plans that they didn’t want. Many have been forced to move to Medicaid and yet more doctors are refusing to take Medicaid patients under this law. We were promised improved access and higher-quality care, but the complexity of ObamaCare is preventing the very competition that would allow more and better options for patients. Instead, hospitals, drug companies, and insurance companies are all consolidating. The lasting solution here is what we’ve been saying all along. We need to repeal ObamaCare.”

Update 4: Senatorette Hucklberry Closetcase:

“If you want to repeal and replace Obamacare with something better for your family—bipartisan—vote Republican.”

Update 5: Boy Exorcist Bobby Jindal:

“Now that the Supreme Court has ruled, the debate will grow. Conservatives must be fearless in demanding that our leaders in Washington repeal and replace Obamacare with a plan that will lower health care costs and restore freedom.”

Update 6: Marco ‘Big Gulp’ Rubio:

“I disagree with the court’s ruling. [The Justices are] forcing Obamacare on the American people.”

Update 7: Wall-eyed git Scott Walker:

“Today’s Supreme Court ruling upholding the administration’s implementation of ObamaCare means Republicans in the House and Senate must redouble their efforts to repeal and replace this destructive and costly law. Congress needs to repeal and replace Obamacare.”

Update 8: ¡Jeb!, the Smartest Bush:

“As President of the United States, I would make fixing our broken health care system one of my top priorities. I will work with Congress to repeal and replace this flawed law with conservative reforms that empower consumers with more choices and control over their health care decisions.”

Update 9: Frothy Santorum (he noted that he defeated Hillarycare way back…):

“Today’s ruling by the Supreme Court is yet another reminder that if we are to rid our nation of Obamacare once and for all, we need to elected a conservative President prepared to lead on day one. As President, I will be committed to repealing the monstrosity of Obamacare and replacing it with a patient-centered program that puts people first, not the government.”

Update 10: Novelty Candidate Ben Carson:

“While I resent what the court has done, it only causes me to work even harder to make sure the next President will repeal and replace Obamacare with sensible consumer empowering solutions that remove the government from the patient/doctor relationship.”

Update 11: Schrödinger’s Candidate Rand Paul:

Don’t Try This at Home, Kids…

…ZEGS is a pro:

If he ever comes up with a way to bottle his smarmy dissembling, he’ll be richer than the rest of his fabulously rich industrialist family.

Well, That Takes Some Brass

At your cervix, Madame!

At your cervix, Madame!

So Republicans get to break stuff and then complain that it is broken?

Vox has a nice ‘splainer on the five competing Wingnuttian plans should the SCOTUS destroy the Affordable Care Act: The GOP has 5 plans to fix Obamacare if the Supreme Court blows it up. They’re all a mess.

It’s Not A Grocery Store Scanner, Jeb

The Smart Bush®

The Smart Bush®

Is there nothing that The Smart Bush can say that shows any smarts or humanity?

Anyway, he’s done it again: Jeb Bush says the Apple Watch shows how we can eliminate Obamacare. It’s almost like Poppy Bush and the grocery store scanner all over again.

The gist of it is that Jeb thinks that the Fitbit-like apps that monitor your heartbeat, etc. on the Apple Watch, are all that you really need in the way of Healthcare. We beg to differ. (We also wonder how many Americans can really afford that watch/iPhone combo as a matter of life and death.)

Steve M has a great dissection of Jebbie’s stupid idea over at his place, No More Mister Nice Blog.

‘That’s Entirely Different. Never Mind.’

Paul Ryan Zombie of LoveThe biggest fraud in American Politics, the famous Zombie-eyed Granny-starver of note, Paul Ryan explains to us what Y’All Qaeda’s fall-back plan is if the Supreme Court guts the Affordable Care Act (as is much predicted):

House Ways and Means Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said Tuesday that his plan’s proposed tax credits are “not at all” like the tax credits under the current law, which the GOP hopes will be struck down by the Supreme Court this year.

…Paul said in an interview with Fox News that the Obama administration’s tax credits are actually “thinly veiled subsidies policed by the Internal Revenue Service.”

When asked if the subsidies and the tax credits were the same thing, Ryan replied, “Not at all, not at all.”

“They are subsidies, [the administration] calls them tax credits,” he said. “They’re saying, buy the Washington-mandated plan and the IRS will police how you buy that. We’re saying, give people freedom.”

Subsidies or Tax Credits? Oh, as Miss Emily Litella would say, “That’s entirely different. Never Mind.”

Your Congress Working Hard For You

At your cervix, Madame!

At your cervix, Madame!

The Hill tells us…

The House on Thursday in a 252-172 vote approved legislation that would waive fees on businesses that do not offer health insurance to employees working fewer than 40 hours per week… The legislation is the GOP’s first chance to deliver an anti-ObamaCare bill to the president’s desk. It will now advance to the Senate, where Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has promised it will see a vote.

Goodbye Employer Mandate! So how many employees will now be in Medicaid or use the subsidies of the ACA? Either way, the expense just got passed to the taxpayer. Smart move, GOP!

Well, it does make it more enticing to (someday) have national healthcare.

That’s our Congress, hard at work for us.

Want Fries With Your Stupid?

Everyone is a Teabagger

Everyone is a Teabagger

Teebagger Republican Rob Maness, who is running for Senate in LA has an interesting idea in his noggin that healthcare is a zero-sum game:

“And what happens with health care is it’s a product, a service that has to be taken from one person or group of people and given to somebody [else] to make that a fundamental right for them. And that’s not the American way, that’s the way of totalitarianism and authoritarianism and socialism.”

Some Fries With Your Stupid?

Tom Cotton, whom some might mistake as a mini-me version of almost-human The Willard Mechanism tells us that people with pre-existing conditions were better off before The Affordable Care Act.

“Many people were happy with their coverage under the high-risk pool, before it was eliminated,” Cotton said. “They should have been allowed to keep that choice.”

Then he was wheeled back stage for a tune-up, chassis lube, and change of spark plugs.

The Morning Quote

First some background into the quote, which involves some agitprop paid for by the Koch Brothers:

And now some journalism courtesy of HuffPo:

“Before her plan was canceled, Boonstra was paying a $1,100 monthly premium. That’s $13,200 a year, without adding out-of-pocket expenses like co-pays and prescription drugs. But under her new plan, the Blue Cross Premier Gold, Boonstra’s premiums are down to $571 a month, and out-of-pocket costs are capped at $5,100. That’s a maximum annual expense of $11,952 a year.

“According to The Detroit News, Boonstra said it “can’t be true” that her new coverage is cheaper than her old.”

“I personally do not believe that,” Boonstra said.

And that, Scissorheads, is exactly who and what the Republican Party has become. There is no point in arguing with them, they are Teflon coated and facts are repelled.

On the 50th vote to repeal ACA

Jeebus, people, it is all Kabuki. (TPM)