In today’s American Spectator, I discuss why Wednesday’s oral arguments before SCOTUS will cover issues that, in the long term, are far more important than health care reform or insurance subsidies:
John Adams, in a 1775 essay referencing the Roman historian Livy and other sources, wrote that a republic was’a nation of laws, not of men.’” As recently as fifty years ago, most Americans would have intuitively understood his point and why it was relevant to their lives. Today, it isn’t clear that the President of the United States, the leaders of the Democratic Party, or the members of our “news” media would grasp the meaning of Adams’ words, much less that they still matter today:
We will soon discover if the same can be said of the Supreme Court.
The Court will hear oral arguments this Wednesday in King v. Burwell. The petitioners in this case want the justices to rule that the Obama administration must abide by the provisions of PPACA that govern insurance subsidies. The text of that law, better known as Obamacare, requires that all subsidies must flow through exchanges established by the states. But due to the refusal of 36 states to set up such ‘marketplaces.’ the Obama administration cobbled together federal exchanges in those states.
The administration is now issuing illegal subsidies via those exchanges. The President conducts himself in a manner utterly inconsistent with republican principles and his constitutional oath.
This is, at its core, what King v. Burwell is about. It is rather an attempt to prevent the President from doing further violence to the Constitution. To read the rest of the column, click here.