At PJ Media, I discuss the dismal long-term prospects for Obamacare as it inevitably heads to the Supreme Court (again) over illegal IRS subsidies:

The supporters of the ironically titled “Affordable Care Act” are attempting to downplay their latest legal defeats by pretending that they are disappointing but inconsequential stumbles in the law’s long march toward the pantheon of nanny state entitlements. These people are whistling past the graveyard. In fact, the president’s “signature domestic achievement” is moribund. It’s a congressional crack baby afflicted with multiple organ failures caused by the Democrat addiction to corrupt bargains and unconstitutional edicts.

Yesterday’s D.C. appeals court ruling against the Obama administration unequivocally confirms that reality:

The plain text of the “reform” law says that federal tax credits and subsidies can only be issued via state-created insurance exchanges. Yet the IRS promulgated an imperial edict indicating that it would also grant them through federally created exchanges. This is what the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit struck down: “[T]he ACA unambiguously restricts the section 36B subsidy to insurance purchased on Exchanges ‘established by the State.”

Why did the Democrats limit premium assistance to policies bought through Obamacare exchanges established by a state? It was part of a corrupt bargain.

To read the rest of the column, click here.

Comments 1

  1. Bob wrote:

    Mr. Caton,

    Would have agreed…..9th circuit panel was directive and conclusive….until 4th circuit ruling 2 hours later. And 7th/10th are both due in similar fact situations. Plus, en banc reviews at perhaps both 4th and 9th. So the beat goes on.

    Posted 23 Jul 2014 at 12:28 pm

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