Within minutes of news that the Supreme Court upheld nationwide tax subsidies key to Obamacare, conservatives reacted angrily online Thursday.
— Lady Liberty (@LadyLibrty) June 25, 2015
Some went to Free Republic, an online conservative repository of ultra-right wing banter. “Treason!” wrote one in large font. “So truth just doesn’t matter anymore,” another lamented. “We are in la-la land as we continue to surrender power to alchemist in black robes as they read entrails and legislate from the bench,” cautioned a third.
Mike Huckabee took to Facebook to call Obamacare “un-American,” writing “Our Founding Fathers didn’t create a “do-over” provision in our Constitution that allows unelected, Supreme Court justices the power to circumvent Congress and rewrite bad laws. The Supreme Court cannot legislate from the bench, ignore the Constitution, and pass a multi-trillion dollar ‘fix’ to ObamaCare simply because Congress misread what the states would actually do.”
John Hayward, a writer at Breitbart, tweeted “Goodbye, rule of law. It was great while it lasted.”
Chief Justice John Roberts, a Bush appointee, joined majority Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan, prompting some to say he was blackmailed or a traitor.
#Obamacare justice Roberts still blackmailed for adoption of two foreign kids provides key vote for Obamacare. He is still a trader.
— Curtis Fish (@FishPar4N2) June 25, 2015
In Justice Antonin Scalia’s dissent he wrote that “we should start calling this law SCOTUScare,” and as if on cue, angry Twitter users turned the coined term into a hashtag.
— Brad The Impaler (@BEBolly71) June 25, 2015
America does not have a single king ruler, but instead has 9 kings/queens who’s dictatorial-esk power rule us all. #SCOTUScare
— Ryan Higgins (@RyanHigginsUS) June 25, 2015
Today’s ruling marks the second victory in three years for President Obama’s landmark health care law after conservatives tried to rout it via the court system. Writing for the majority, Roberts said, “Congress passed the Affordable Care Act to improve health insurance markets, not to destroy them.”