Following the Supreme Court decision on Thursday to uphold Obamacare subsidies, Rep. Brian Babin (R-Texas) introduced the “SCOTUScare Act of 2015,” a bill that would force each of the Supreme Court justices and their aides to sign up for Obamacare.
In the case of King v. Burwell, the Supreme Court ruled, 6-3, that federal subsidies can be paid to customers throughout the United States, not just in the states that have established their own insurance exchanges under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
Babin said that he created the “SCOTUScare Act” as a way to make the Supreme Court justices and their employees “see firsthand what the American people are forced to live with,” by removing their exemptions and making them join the national healthcare law’s exchanges.
[pull_quote_center]As the Supreme Court continues to ignore the letter of the law, it’s important that these six individuals understand the full impact of their decisions on the American people. That’s why I introduced the SCOTUScare Act to require the Supreme Court and all of its employees to sign up for Obamacare. By eliminating their exemption from Obamacare, they will see firsthand what the American people are forced to live with![/pull_quote_center]
The term “SCOTUScare” was used by Justice Antonin Scalia on Thursday, in reference to the Supreme Court’s decision on Obamacare.
In his dissent, Scalia said that while the Act that Congress passed makes tax credits available on an “Exchange established by the State,” this Court “concludes that this limitation would prevent the rest of the Act from working as well as hoped.”
“So it rewrites the law to make tax credits available everywhere,” Scalia wrote. “We should start calling this law SCOTUScare.”