Dissenting Justice Calls Obamacare Ruling ‘Jiggery-Pokery’

Antonin Scalia slammed his fellow Supreme Court justices for their ruling on Thursday that affirmed a crucial component of Obamacare, Newsmax reported.

In a dissenting opinion he wrote later in the day, Scalia declared: “Today's interpretation is not merely unnatural; it is unheard of. We should start calling this law SCOTUScare.”

The court voted 6-3 (with only Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito agreeing with Scalia) that the federal government may provide health-insurance subsidies to Obamacare recipients who live in states that do not have their own exchanges or marketplaces.

The plaintiffs in the case argued that a four-word phrase in the law referring to exchanges “established by the state” means that residents of 34 states are not eligible for subsidies. The insurance coverage of an estimated 6.4 million people was at stake.

Scalia called the ruling “jiggery-pokery” and “pure applesauce,” and asked, “How can the federal government establish a state exchange? That is gobbledygook.”

The conservative justice is known as a “textualist,” one who believes in interpreting the law literally. The court’s majority opinion in the Obamacare case, written by Chief Justice John Roberts, instead relied on the supposed intentions of those in Congress who wrote and voted for the Affordable Care Act.

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