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Conservative Chief Justice Saves Obamacare Once Again

If you had any hope of going back to the America where government was smaller and taxes were lower, you're just going to have to keep dreaming because in a 6-3 decision, the Supreme Court held a ruling that the Affordable Care Act authorized federal tax credits for eligible Americans living not only in states with their own exchanges but also in the 34 states with federal marketplaces. Naturally, conservative Chief Justice John Roberts rescued Obamacare, just as he did a few years ago when he ruled it was a tax.

In response, Obama said "Five years ago, after nearly a century of talk, decades of trying, a year of bipartisan debate, we finally declared that in America, healthcare is not a privilege for a few but a right for all. The Affordable Care Act is here to stay." Chief Justice John Roberts wrote "Congress passed the Affordable Care Act to improve health insurance markets, not to destroy them. If at all possible, we must interpret the Act in a way that is consistent with the former, and avoids the latter." He aligned himself with Justice Anthony Kennedy -- who is often the Court's swing vote -- and the four liberal justices. The dissenters were Justice Antonin Scalia, Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito. Scalia read the dissent calling the ruling "wonderfully convenient," complaining about "interpretative jiggery-pokery."

In addition, he argued that it was not the Court's job to make up for the sloppy drafting of the law by Congress. Several GOP presidential hopefuls shared their thoughts on the ruling. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said "But this decision is not the end of the fight against Obamacare. As President of the United States, I would make fixing our broken health care system one of my top priorities." Florida Sen. Marco Rubio stated "I disagree with the Court's ruling and believe they have once again erred in trying to correct the mistakes made by President Obama and Congress in forcing Obamacare on the American people. I remain committed to repealing this bad law and replacing it with my consumer-centered plan that puts patients and families back in control of their health care decisions." Democratic presidential frontrunner, Hillary Clinton, tweeted "Yes! SCOTUS affirms what we know is true in our hearts & under the law: Health insurance should be affordable & available to all."

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