Congressman Steve King (R-Iowa) is one of many congressional Republicans jockeying to prove how much he hates Obamacare. On Tuesday, King introduced an outrageous measure that will ban the Supreme Court from citing its Obamacare cases in future opinions. The bill even lists four major failed Republican lawsuits against the Affordable Care Act and blocks them “from citation for the purpose of precedence in all future cases.”
‘It was my first order of business on the morning after ObamaCare passed into law, March 24, 2010, to draft and introduce my full, 100% repeal of ObamaCare,’ King said in a press release announcing the legislation. ‘By prohibiting the Supreme Court from citing ObamaCare cases, we will be truly eradicating this unconstitutional policy from all three branches of government so that the repeal will be complete.'”
King’s bill claims that “Under Article 3, Section 2” of the U.S. Constitution, Congress is allowed “to provide exceptions and regulations for Supreme Court consideration of cases and controversies.”
According to Timothy Jost, a health law expert at the Washington and Lee University, King’s proposal had the health care law community “chuckling.”
‘He obviously hasn’t read these opinions,’ Jost said. He pointed to National Federation of Independent Businesses v. Sebelius, which Jost said ‘contained very strong statements about state rights;’ King v. Burwell, which ‘included language in which the court basically limited deference to administrative agencies;’ and Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, which ‘was all about religious liberty.'”
“These are three precedents that one would think Representative King would affirm very strongly,” Jost said.
King is just another example of how desperate Republicans are to tear down Obamacare. They don’t have a viable replacement ready to take its place, but that doesn’t matter. The GOP has tunnel vision when it comes to Obamacare. They want to deliver the killing blow so badly, and they feel that they are so close, that they can no longer control the sword.
Millions of Americans will suffer should Republicans repeal the ACA, many of whom live in red states that voted for Donald Trump and his GOP cohorts. Those voters have been blinded by the Republican party’s misrepresentations, lies, and misinformation concerning Obamacare for so long that they never stopped to think about the impact a repeal would have on their insurance. Those living in poor red states like Mississippi are going to feel the bite harder than most, as Republicans also focus on reducing other social safety nets like food stamps.
When it comes to health care, Republicans have turned into arsonists pouring gasoline over everything before lighting the match from inside the house with no thought about creating an exit path. They are happy to watch Obamacare burn down around them while reciting the pledge of allegiance with fanatical pride.
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