The Dissent

Big Government takes a look at the dissent from the Supreme Court’s Obamacare ruling. Ah, the dissent. What might have been.

The Court today decides to save a statute Congress did not write. It rules that what the statute declares to be a requirement with a penalty is instead an option subject to a tax. And it changes the intentionally coercive sanction of a total cut-off of Medicaid funds to a supposedly noncoercive cut-off of only the incremental funds that the Act makes available. 

The Court regards its strained statutory interpretation as judicial modesty. It is not. 

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