Atlanta, Ga. – Just now, in a 6 – 3 ruling, the Supreme Court upheld the federal government’s right to provide subsidies in states that did not set up their own exchanges, despite the clear language of the law.
Under Section 1311 of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), the federal government is only permitted to provide subsidies to individuals who purchase health insurance from “an exchange established by the states.” However, the IRS has been acting in defiance of the law, providing subsidies and imposing taxes that were never authorized by Congress in states that did not establish their own exchanges. As Justice Scalia stated during oral arguments, the law “means what it says.” In a drastic disregard of original intent and espousal of judicial activism, six Justices seem to disagree.
“In order to protect its own reputation the Supreme Court handed down another absurd Obamacare ruling,” said Jenny Beth Martin, CEO and Co-Founder of the Tea Party Patriots. “While Americans suffer under the law and the federal government issues subsidies contrary to what the law says, the Supreme Court seems intent on actively changing the text to uphold the law. We are living in interesting times when both the Executive and now the Judicial Branch seem to have an utter disregard for what is written into law.”
“We at Tea Party Patriots will continue to push for full repeal of Obamacare – a law that hurts individuals, families, employers, our economy, and our country’s entire healthcare system. Today’s ruling is another reminder of why we need to send men and women to Congress who support the rule of law, the Constitution, and individual freedom. We cannot depend on the Court to save us from Obamacare, and we must now turn our full attention to electing people who will help us repeal the law.”