A story in which we find a Federal judge ignoring plain English because Statism. (Of course, Roberts could always find a 'tax,' I suppose.)
...No later than June, 2015, the Supreme Court will hold that subsidies
cannot be paid to individuals enrolled in the federal health exchange
covering 36 of 50 states.
Absent subsidies, 16 million people in the 36 affected states will
face increased annual premium costs totaling $85 billion, based on
Congressional estimates. The federal health exchange will have no option
but to disclose the full, unsubsidized cost of policies, contributing
to the so-called death spiral caused by too few young enrollees.
Employer penalties can be assessed only after workers enroll in a
subsidized exchange. No subsidy, no lawful penalty....
It's no wonder that the Left went into full screech when Walker (and 35 other Governors) decided to forfeit a State-run exchange. It was the death penalty for ObozoCare, as written.
...Obamacare authorizes subsidies for exchanges “established by a State.”
Without a federal exchange subsidy, the legislation fails in practice
because so few states elected to set up an exchange....
Well, except for this blackrobe-bozo:
...federal Judge Paul Friedman in Halbig v. Sebelius upheld the
IRS regulations authorizing the federal exchange subsidy. Judge Friedman
admits that “looking only at the language of the statute” the
plaintiffs’ argument prohibiting subsidies to the federal exchange “may
seem the more intuitive one.” He goes still further: “On its face, the
plain language of [the statute], viewed in isolation, appears to support
plaintiffs’ interpretation. The federal government, after all, is not a
No shit, Captain Obvious! But that's not a bar to his ridiculous 'reasoning':
...According to Judge Friedman, the Obama administration makes “a credible
argument” that the federal government can create an exchange “on behalf
of that State,” therefore the federal exchange must be viewed as
equivalent to a state exchange and therefore the federal exchange is
eligible for a subsidy....
Cats and dogs have four legs. Therefore, cats are dogs! QED!!!
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