How Obama Hoodwinked the Supreme Court on Obamacare

In the case of King v. Burwell, decided by the Supreme Court in June of 2015, President Obama won the day by convincing six justices that Obamacare would collapse if he lost.  The case involved the so-called "individual mandate," which imposes a financial penalty on those who neglect to buy health insurance.  To many observers, the wording of Affordable Care Act seemed to impose the financial penalty only in states where a state exchange had been set up, not in states where the federal exchange operated by default. At that time, only 16 states (and the District of Columbia) had set up state exchanges; the federal exchange covered the remaining 34 states.  Thus, the specter was presented of no financial penalty for not buying health insurance in the 34 states covered only by the federal exchange.  The president argued forcefully that, absent the penalty, healthy individuals in those 34 states might well choose not to buy insurance.  Instead, only...(Read Full Article)