The 5 Most Melodramatic Lines From Justice Scalia’s Obamacare Dissent


On Thursday, the Supreme Court decided by a vote of 6-3 that millions of Americans will keep their health insurance. But dissenting from the majority opinion in King v. Burwell, Justice Antonin Scalia let the world know how he really feels about the Affordable Care Act. In short, he hates it.

Here are five of his best lines:

1. “Words no longer have meaning if an Exchange that is not established by a State is ‘established by the State.’”

2. “Under all the usual rules of interpretation, in short, the Government should lose this case. But normal rules of interpretation seem always to yield to the overriding principle of the present Court: The Affordable Care Act must be saved.”

3. “Today’s interpretation is not merely unnatural; it is unheard of.”

4. “And the cases will publish forever the discouraging truth that the Supreme Court of the United States favors some laws over others, and is prepared to do whatever it takes to uphold and assist its favorites.”

5. “We should start calling this law SCOTUScare.”