Babin: Supreme Court should live under Obamacare like the rest of America
Published 8:56 am Wednesday, July 8, 2015
By Dr. Brian Babin
The Supreme Court’s recent decision to ignore the letter of the law and uphold the Obama Administration’s unconstitutional rewrite of Obamacare undermines the American people’s trust and confidence in our nation’s highest court.
Justice Scalia summed up the Court’s actions rightly when he called them “absurd” and opined that “words no longer have meaning” under the Court’s ruling in King v. Burwell.
As a result, more Americans will now be forced into a broken health care system that has already failed millions of Americans; putting federal bureaucrats between patients and their doctor, driving up costs and hurting more American families and businesses.
Unfortunately, this is symptomatic of the larger problem in Washington – one where those of influence and power live under a different set of rules than average Americans. Case and point, the Executive Branch – which has written the rules for Obamacare – and the Judicial Branch – which is now a co-author of Obamacare – are both exempt from Obamacare. Yet, every other American is required to live under this disastrous law.
While Congress and its staff are required to purchase their health plans under Obamacare, such a requirement is not extended to the other two branches of government. This needs to change – and I am prepared to lead the charge, starting with the Supreme Court.
By upholding the President’s fundamentally flawed and unconstitutional health care law for the second time, the Court has essentially become co-authors and full partners in the implementation of Obamacare.
Justice Scalia perfectly described what unfolded at the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) by making the point in his dissent that “perhaps we should start calling this law SCOTUScare.”
As the co-authors and saviors of Obamacare, it’s important that these individuals understand the full impact of their decisions on the American public.
That’s why I introduced the SCOTUScare Act of 2015 (H.R. 2905) to require the Supreme Court and its employees to give up their Federal Employee Health Plan and enroll in Obamacare like the rest of America. This legislation simply extends the same provision of the law that requires Congress to sign up for Obamacare to include the Supreme Court. By eliminating their Obamacare exemption, it will put the Supreme Court on the same health care as the rest of America.
Since introducing the SCOTUScare Act, we have received a tremendous amount of support from across the country. We have heard from countless individuals who continue to feel more and more disillusioned with Washington and the judiciary, executive and legislative branches of government.
As elected leaders, we have an obligation to address these concerns and the SCOTUSCare Act is a simple, but common-sense reform that we can – and must take. It will provide us an opportunity to take an important step forward on the pathway to restoring the American people’s trust.
By refusing to take action, it will only further the division and disconnection between the American people and its leaders in government. That’s why I introduced this much-needed legislation and it’s why I hope that my colleagues in Congress will join me in fighting for the SCOTUScare Act.
Dr. Brian Babin is the U.S. Congressional Representative for the 36th District