SCOTUS Tells Lower Court to Look Again at ACA

Today the Supreme Court ordered the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals to have a second look at the constitutionality of Obamacare’s employer requirements and mandatory coverage of contraceptives.

The move could open the door for President Barack Obama’s health law to be back in front of the Supreme Court late next year.

The Supreme Court responded to a request from Liberty University, one of the groups that sued over the health care law’s individual mandate in 2010. When the court ruled in June that the mandate was constitutional, it dismissed Liberty’s entire lawsuit.

Over the summer, the school asked the Supreme Court to reopen its arguments against the employer mandate and the contraceptive coverage mandate, which it said were not addressed by the court’s ruling this summer. The court on Monday agreed to the request and told the Fourth Circuit to hear arguments on the two pieces.

I doubt the contraceptive thing goes anywhere and, in any case, it won’t effect the overall plan much if it is overturned.

The employer coverage mandate is, however, a keystone of Obamacare. If it is removed, the whole crapulent edifice collapses. If you are looking for hope to cling to, one might imagine that the conservative judges have persuaded Roberts that he made a bad call. They want a do-over and have the votes this time.

Yeah, I know, “when hell gets an ice skating rink.” Still, hope springs eternal.

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7 Responses to SCOTUS Tells Lower Court to Look Again at ACA

  1. Rockheim says:

    I think the problem is that you can’t close pandora’s box. Businesses have already worked Obamacare into their plans. Thousands of people have been fired or are being fired.
    Business is aware that the Government has the will to do something this onerous and inflict it on them.. The Supreme Court will not, can not, change that.
    If, best case scenario, the whole of Obamacare is scrapped, it only does one thing.. Opens the door for Obamacare II: The return..
    It’s not like the drubbing Hillarycare got. Business watched that then went on with BAU because there was no way in hell it was going anywhere.
    But Obamacare changed all that. Not only was it passed but with the last election it was shown that there are enough leeches out there who will continue to vote people into office who will give them “Free Stuff”..
    Perhaps I’m being overly pessimistic but I can’t see it shaking out any other way..

  2. RUDE JUDE says:

    I will still hang on to whatever hope there is out there for this thing to go away. Even if it goes away a little bit. It’s funny how blind these leeches are to the real facts and the impact it all has

  3. R.D. Walker says:

    Go ahead and hope Jude but also be prepared for Roberts to stab us in the back again.

  4. notamobster says:

    I’m just accepting the monster as our future. If that changes, great. If not, I’ve already adjusted.

    Eventually there will be a single-payer government healthcare plan. It will be the only system available, but will most-likely allow insurance companies to exist to process paperwork, etc (medicaid). We do live in a corporatist state, don’t ya know?

  5. RUDE JUDE says:

    I know, R.D. They can’t take dreaming away…yet.

  6. R.D. Walker says:

    I am going to pretend that this is an end run for Roberts to change his mind. I will imagine that Roberts thought Mitt would win and fix this Obamacare mess so he didn’t have to stick his neck out. Now he realizes that he has to.

    That is what I am going to delude myself with so I can be shocked and appalled when he fucks me over.

  7. notamobster says:


    Crazy thing is that he is appointed for life. He never had to stick his neck out. What a dick.