After the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on the Affordable Care Act yesterday, many critics publicly voiced their disapproval with the Court’s decision. Justice Antonin Scalia wrote a scathing criticism of his fellow Justices who voted in favor of the case, King v. Burwell, presidential candidates used their social media platforms and members of Congress took to public forums to express their disappointment.
Republican Rep. Louis Gohmert of Texas appeared on Newsmax TV’s “The Steve Malzberg Show” shortly after the Court’s decision was made public. He was one of the harsher critics of the Justices, saying that the Court should be “embarrassed” by their actions.
“The Supreme Court has a lot to be embarrassed about. As a former judge and chief justice, I am extremely embarrassed for them. And unfortunately, when you’ve sold your soul, it’s kind of tough to even realize you should be embarrassed, but they should,” Gohmert said.
Rep. Gohmert criticized the Justices for misinterpreting what the Affordable Care Act originally stated in its writing. The phrase “established by the State” was the main source of questioning – supporters of the ACA believed this to mean that federal health care exchanges could be paid for by the federal government, while those who opposed thought the wording referred to the state’s themselves. The Court sided with the Obama administration, keeping ObamaCare intact.
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“They intended these words. You’re not going to get one dime of subsidy unless you set up a state exchange,” Gohmert commented.
The Texas Republican also questioned the leadership of the Court, led by Chief Justice John Roberts who was an appointee of former President George W. Bush, and the leadership of President Barack Obama.
“Hopefully if we either get new leadership or all of a sudden our current leadership grows some leadership ability, then we can start dismantling this thing until it’s gone,” Gohmert said.
Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee also weighed in on the Court’s decision, calling it “an out-of-control act of judicial tyranny”. Ted Cruz, another presidential candidate, lambasted the Justices’ infiltration of the political process.
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“Unelected judges have once again become legislators, and bad ones at that. They are lawless, and they hide their prevarication in legalese. Our government was designed to be one of laws, not of men, and this transparent distortion is disgraceful,” Cruz said.