Originally posted by whodey
It looks like the way the law was written only states can provide subsidies, and not the federal government who is doing this now.
Looks like justice Roberts will need to get his white out and crayons out again.
In 2012, Jonathan Gruber, Obamacare architect / maven / moonbat operative, said (paraphrased / edited by me), "Obamacare subsidies are limited to state-run exchanges. What’s important to remember politically
about this is if you're a [republican] state and you don’t set up an exchange, that means your citizens don't get their tax credits—but your citizens still pay the taxes that support this bill. So you’re essentially saying to your citizens you’re going to pay all the taxes to help all the other states in the country. Because citizens want their precious subsidies, citizens will vote for democrats in state elections if the state does not set up an exchange, hehe."
By 2014, only a few states actually set up exchanges because the implementation of Obamacare proved to be a gigantic cluster---k. Odumbo's pen and phone made Obamacare so unpredictable that states let the feds set up the exchanges. Because of this reality, Odumbo used his pen and phone to change Obamacare yet again. Odumbo's new regulation applied Obamacare subsidies to all states even if they did not have a state-run exchange.
Odumbo's subsidy regulation was later challenged in Halbig v. Burwell
. In July 2014, the DC Circuit agreed with Gruber and Halbig that Obamacare subsidies are limited to state-run exchanges, and it struck down Odumbo's regulation.
In response to the Halbig
ruling, Gruber said earlier this week on MSNBC, "It is unambiguous that [the language limiting subsidies to state-run exchanges is] a typo
. Literally every single person involved in the crafting of this law has said that it's a typo, that they had no intention of excluding the federal states. ...It is just simply a typo, and it is really criminal
that this has even made it as far as it has."
2014: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yy3TWvBtdOg (watch Gruber snicker in the background after Reid talks about the political ramifications of the Halbig
decision for republicans)