Will the Supreme Court justices “twist themselves into John Roberts-like pretzels” to avoid upending Obama’s signature legislative accomplishment, asks Cato Institute’s Michael Tanner. Next spring the Court will rule on whether subsidies for Obamacare are to be allowed, and, in anticipation of the ruling, the hysteria is already beginning. Should the justices rule to uphold the challenge, cheerleaders of O’Care are warning that there will be a “swath of human misery, stretching from horizon to horizon,” and that “people will die,” with some calling the Supreme Court “a death panel.”
But back in the real world, notes Mr. Tanner, “such drastic outcomes are unlikely.” Even so, with much of the media, along with congressional Democrats and President Obama, ready to blame the GOP should SCOTUS rule against O’Care subsidies, Republicans had better have their game plan on. Rather than the quick and easy fix of rewriting the law to reinstate the subsidies, Republicans need to force Congress to open Obamacare to across-the-board revision and perhaps even repeal. Read more here from Michael Tanner on an opportunity that may not come the Republican Party’s way again.