Addressing the Supreme Court’s 6-3 ruling which endeavors to legitimize the patently illegal obamacare subsidies being handed out through the federal insurance exchange, Justice Antonin Scalia wrote in his dissent, “Words no longer have meaning if an Exchange that is not established by a State is ‘established by the State.’ It is hard to come up with a clearer way to limit tax credits to state Exchanges than to use the words ‘established by the State.’ And it is hard to come up with a reason to include the words ‘by the State’ other than the purpose of limiting credits to state Exchanges.”
Stripping words of their meaning is a large part of what obamacare has accomplished. Take the word ‘insurance,’ for example. Insurance is a way to pool risk, but in outlawing the consideration of pre-existing conditions, the entire notion of insurance has been perverted.
It’s as if—after wrecking his BMW while driving drunk—a man were to not only obtain insurance which would cover replacing his already-wrecked car, but he were to compel his neighbors to subsidize his insurance premiums as well. Whatever such a situation would be called (likely fraud), it certainly would not be insurance.
Likewise, the idea that the insurance exchange is a “marketplace” would be laughable if the underlying truth was not so sinister. A select number of approved products, limited by price floors and price ceilings, and heavily subsidized through coercive expropriation and redistribution is many things, but a market certainly isn’t one of them.
Obamacare may use familiar words such as ‘insurance’ and ‘marketplace’ which invoke the freedom of the past, but the reality is nothing but authoritarian collectivism imposed upon unwilling victims at the point of a gun.
The ludicrous decision of the court in King v. Burwell cannot change the plain meaning of words or make lies into truth. Obamacare is socialism at its worst, and no amount of redefinition or equivocation can alter this reality.