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Supreme Court Justice Sounds Off: “Words Have No Meaning Anymore”

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Following the Supreme Court ruling on King vs. Burwell, Americans once again found themselves watching the SCOTUS bench pick and choose which parts of U.S. law will be enforced, based on their personal political beliefs.

The Washington Times reports:

Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. has saved Obamacare for a second time, writing the majority opinion Thursday that upheld the health law’s key provision of paying tax subsidies to customers in all states, saying that Congress couldn’t have intended to pick and choose among the states.

The law says subsidies should be paid to customers of exchanges “established by the state,” but the chief justice, writing in the 6-3 ruling, said even states that don’t establish an exchange and rely instead on the federal marketplace can receive subsidies.

He said the intent of lawmakers couldn’t have been to pick and choose, because that would destroy the fundamental economics of Obamacare — which couldn’t have been the intention of those who wrote the law.

Of course not…. If I remember correctly, the intention of those who wrote the law was to count on the “stupidity of the American people” to not notice that the individual mandate was a tax. Isn’t that right, Jonathan Gruber?

… Justice Scalia, the senior member of the court, penned the dissent for himself, Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. and Justice Clarence Thomas, writing what under the majority ruling “words no longer have meaning” because Chief Justice Roberts ignored the plain language of the law.

“It is hard to come up with a clearer way to limit tax credits to state Exchanges than to use the words ‘established by the State.’ And it is hard to come up with a reason to include the words ‘by the state’ other than the purpose of limiting credits to state exchanges,” Justice Scalia chided his younger colleague.

This decision strikes a tragic blow, not just to the ObamaCare repeal movement, but to the rule of law itself.

By upholding the provision, the Supreme Court is sending a message to the IRS that if they don’t like the laws the way they are written, they can enforce whatever version of the law they want. That’s right- a bunch of unelected, unknown bureaucrats can make changes to U.S. law and hope nobody can notice. And even if people DO notice, the Supreme Court has their back.

Deneen Borelli

Deneen Borelli is the author of Blacklash: How Obama and the Left are Driving Americans to the Government Plantation. Deneen is a contributor with Newsmax Broadcasting. She is a former Fox News contributor and has appeared regularly on “Hannity,” “Fox & Friends,” “Your World with Neil Cavuto,” and “America’s Newsroom.” She has also appeared on Fox Business Network programs “Making Money with Charles Payne,” “The Evening Edit with Liz MacDonald,” and “Cavuto: Coast to Coast.” Previously, Deneen appeared on MSNBC, CNN, the BBC and C-SPAN. In addition to television, Deneen co-hosted radio programs on the SiriusXM Patriot channel with her husband Tom. Recently, Deneen co-hosted the Reigniting Liberty podcast with Tom. Deneen is a frequent speaker at political events, including the FreedomWorks 9.12.2009 March on D.C. which drew a crowd estimated at over 800,000 people. Deneen is also an Ambassador with, a social media platform that promotes free speech, and with the America First Policy Institute (AFPI) which advances policies that put Americans first. Deneen testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources in May 2011 and before the Ohio House Public Utilities Committee in December 2011. Previously, Deneen was a host, Outreach Director with overseeing its outreach program, a Project 21 Senior Fellow, and Manager of Media Relations with the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE). Prior to joining CORE, Deneen worked at Philip Morris USA for 20 years. During her corporate career at Philip Morris she worked in various positions, her last as Project Management Coordinator in the Information Management department where she was responsible for the department’s mandated quality processes, communications, sales information and database management. Deneen began her Philip Morris career as a secretary and advanced to positions of increasing responsibilities. Deneen worked full-time and attended classes at night for 11 years to earn her B.A. in Managerial Marketing from Pace University, New York City. Deneen served on the Board of Trustees with The Opportunity Charter School in Harlem, New York. She appeared in educational videos for children, worked as a runway fashion model, and auditioned for television commercials. Her interests include ancient history, pistol target shooting, photography, and volunteering at her church. Deneen currently resides in Connecticut with her husband Tom.

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