The United States Supreme Court on Thursday rejected yet another Republican-led effort to kill the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.
Following the ruling, the Democratic governor of Kansas called for her state to finally expand Medicaid expansion.
""Today's Supreme Court decision is a victory for more than one million Kansans with a preexisting condition and the future health of our workforce," Gov. Laura Kelly wrote in a statement, KSNT-TV reports.
"It's clear that the Affordable Care Act is the law of the land, and it's time for Kansas to join 38 states and the District of Columbia by expanding Medicaid to support our economic growth, protect our rural hospitals, and provide quality, affordable healthcare to 165,000 Kansans," she explained.
However, the state's Republican attorney general blasted the Supreme Court ruling."It is disappointing that after all this time and effort, the U.S. Supreme Court still declined to reach the merits and answer the important constitutional question presented: By what authority does Congress order Americans to buy insurance?" Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt wrote as if her were completely ignorant of the court's reasoning during a decade of GOP challenges to the law.
Ron Johnson mocked as a 'stupid Trump cultist' for latest Fox News conspiracy theory about Joe Biden
Fox News continuously gave Donald Trump a free pass as he repeatedly caved to Vladimir Putin.
Even though Trump publicly sided with Putin after Russia's 2016 election interference, Fox still gave him a pass.
But now there's a Democrat in the office and suddenly Fox News is concerned that he might be compromised.
"Vladimir gets the waiver to build his pipeline, our workers get pink slips," Fox News personality Tucker Carlson said.
"Would I be wrong to interpret that that maybe Joe thinks that Russia has him compromised?" he asked.
"You wouldn't be wrong to be suspicious that maybe that's the problem there," Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) replied.
Johnson, who is up for re-election in 2022, was harshly criticized by former Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL).
"I went to Congress with Ron Johnson. Maybe I'm an idiot, but I never would have guessed that he would have become a stupid Trump cultist. Boy was I wrong," Walsh admitted.
GOP privately relieved Supreme Court saved them from 'chaos' by killing their Obamacare lawsuit: report
On Thursday, Axios reported that behind the scenes, Republican operatives are secretly glad the Supreme Court turned away their lawsuit seeking to completely invalidate the Affordable Care Act, known popularly as Obamacare.
The court ruled 7-2, with Justice Stephen Breyer writing for the majority, that the Republican states lacked standing to advance their legal theory that the zeroed-out individual mandate was unconstitutional and "inseverable" from the rest of the law — the third time in a decade that a legal challenge has been turned away by the justices. Even far-right Justice Clarence Thomas reluctantly concurred with the majority on the matter.
"Most GOP lawmakers privately admit (and some will even say publicly) they don't want to deal with health care again. The issue generally isn't a good one for them with voters — as they learned the hard way after they failed to repeal the ACA in 2017," reported Alayna Treene, Caitlin Owens, and Sarah Mucha. "Now they're happy instead to make Democrats own problems with the health care system and brand their ideas to improve it as 'radical.'"
"If the Supreme Court had made the opposite ruling, and the ACA had been killed or mortally wounded in court, it would've created chaos not only for the public but within the party," said the report. "Heading toward the 2022 midterms, Republicans would be on the hook for any fallout, while having little sway over what Congress did to fix it." One GOP Senate aide told Axios it would have "shred[ded] any chance of taking back the majority in either chamber."
The reported noted that many Senate Republicans are publicly saying they're ready to move on. Sen. Mike Braun (R-IN) said, "Forget about repealing it. That water's under the bridge anyway," and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), who co-authored a major proposal to dismantle the ACA in 2017, "The reality is no, we don't have the power to repeal Obamacare in this current construct."
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