Mike Huckabee rarely has anything coherent or intelligent to say about constitutional matters, so it’s hardly surprising that his response to the Supreme Court’s ruling upholding subsidies in the federal exchanges created by the Affordable Care Act contains lots of outrage and nothing remotely reasonable.
Mike Huckabee, a former Arkansas governor and current Republican presidential candidate, called the Supreme Court’s decision Thursday to protect the Affordable Care Act “an out-of-control act of judicial tyranny.”
*yawn* Hey Mike, has the Supreme Court ever handed down a ruling you disagreed with and not committed an “out-of-control act of judicial tyranny”? Funny how “judicial tyranny” always lines up perfectly with your own views. A remarkable coincidence.
“Our Founding Fathers didn’t create a ‘do-over’ provision in our Constitution that allows unelected Supreme Court justices the power to circumvent Congress and rewrite bad laws,” Huckabee said in a statement provided to The Washington Post.
“The Supreme Court cannot legislate from the bench, ignore the Constitution, and pass a multi-trillion dollar ‘fix’ to ObamaCare simply because Congress misread what the states would actually do,” his statement continued. “The architects and authors of ObamaCare were intentional in the way they wrote the law. The courts have no constitutional authority to rescue Congress from creating bad law.”
Were they intentional in creating a law that did not provide subsidies to those procuring health insurance through the federal exchanges? If so, why can’t you find even one single member of Congress who said at the time that this was their intent? This was one of the critical elements of the ACA. Without the subsidies, the whole thing fails in its goal of providing access to health insurance to the greatest number of people. That’s why not one lone member of Congress believed or said at any point during the debate and ratification of the bill that it did not include subsidies for the federal exchange.
“As President, I will protect Medicare, repeal ObamaCare, and pass real reform that will actually lower costs, while focusing on cures and prevention rather than intervention,” Huckabee said. “The status quo is unfair, unaffordable, unsustainable and completely un-American.”
That is some major league gibberish. You’re going to “focus on cures” but not on “intervention”? Wha?