GOP Congressman Clueless About ACA Court Case

The Worldnetdaily has an article about a Republican congressman having said that the GOP is panicking over the idea of winning the King v Burwell case, in which a ruling is expected in the next two weeks. This is the case that would eliminate subsidies for the federal health care exchanges. That congressman has no idea what the case is about.

The congressman’s voice was calm but there was exasperation in his words, and an implicit concern that Republicans were poised to snatch defeat from the jaws of a major victory.

Referring to a Supreme Court decision, due any day now, that could effectively overturn Obamacare, U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho, lamented, “I think there is some fear in some circles in the Republican Party that if this decision goes our way that it’s actually bad for us.”

Sounding incredulous, he told reporters on Capitol Hill, “And I’m having a hard time understanding that, because, if it goes our way, then it will be exactly as we’ve been saying: that the way it was passed was wrong, that it was illegal and there might even be some constitutional issues with it.”

I can see why you’re having a hard time understanding it because you have no idea what the case actually is about. If conservatives get what they want, it will have nothing at all to do with how the ACA was passed. It was passed the same way every other law is passed, by taking votes in Congress. It will have even less to do with whether the law is “illegal” or unconstitutional. This is a question purely of statutory interpretation. They aren’t deciding whether the law was illegal or constitutional, they’re deciding what one single sentence of the law means and whether the way it’s been implemented is consistent with the meaning of that sentence.

Even if conservatives win, that will have nothing to do with the law being passed wrongly, being illegal or being unconstitutional. Three strikes, you’re out.

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  • D. C. Sessions

    Ed, it was passed with Democrat votes. That alone makes it unConstitutional, illegal, and illegitimate.

    What more is there to say?

  • scienceavenger

    The scary thing is how likely it is that the GOP will effectively pin the blame on Obama for the resulting disaster if the ACA is overturned. They’ll just say its another screw up, just like the website. The same people that believed the Obama-hasn’t-done-anything-as-a-senator lie will lap it up just as eagerly. Look how effectively the GOP has been in making the Great Recession seem like his fault.

    Thanks Obama!

  • moarscienceplz

    GOP Congressman Clueless About ACA Court Case

    FIFY

  • John Pieret

    A GOP Congressman clueless about the law? Très impossible!

  • blf

    For succinctness, I suggest removing all but the second and third words from the title.

  • deepak shetty

    Republican congressman having said that the GOP is panicking over the idea of winning the King v Burwell case

    I dont buy this panicking thing anyway – It would only be true if the current set of Republicans were sane.

  • eric

    @6: I think most of them have at least a minimal grasp on how certain events will impact their chances of reelection. Not all, for sure. But I expect most understand that if some significant portion of their constituents lose their healthcare, and they don’t fix this, they will lose those votes. So the GOP’s problem with a GOP win in this case isn’t really what the court might do, but that a court decision might force them into passing a law giving subsidies to states (a Democrat move!), or losing votes. They do not want to do either.

  • gerryl

    The other night on PBS News Hour there was a segment about the possible impact of a Supreme Court ruling against ACA in King v Burwell. It included profiles of 3 people and how they would be affected: 2 women who rely on subsidies in states without an exchange and 1 self-employed man who says ACA forced him to change insurance policies and resulted in much higher (2 or 3 x) premiums. They each had a question answered by the on-air expert. His was: If the Court rules against ACA, when can I expect to see my premiums go down?

    The expert delivered the sad news. If the Court rules as he hopes, his premiums are likely to go up as healthy people leave the pool.

    Viewers were not treated to his reaction to this dose of reality.

  • Trebuchet

    Ed, it was passed with Democrat votes. That alone makes it unConstitutional, illegal, and illegitimate.

    What more is there to say?

    That it was signed by a Kenyan/Muslim/Atheisit/Communist/Nazi usurper?