Scott Pruitt: the Douchebag Who Ended Obamacare
Probably not. But the Republican pipedream continues.
Scott Pruitt, Attorney General of Oklahoma, has filed a lawsuit against Obamacare. Twenty-six attorneys general have already sued to stop Obamacare, and they lost. The Supreme Court has upheld the Affordable Care Act. But as Lucy keeps telling Charlie Brown, “this time it’ll be different.”
(The linked article was written by Republican spoogebucket Dick Morris, so take it with a grain of salt.)
Unlike his predecessors, Scott “Blows the Koch Brothers” Pruitt isn’t pretending the Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional. Instead he’s using the law’s own wording against it, in a way that will nullify the state exchanges which are a crucial part of the law. When these state exchanges have been derailed, Obamacare will collapse like a house of cards.
The article's wording — plus the spooge-licker’s “reasoning” — is so convoluted, I won’t even try to paraphrase it. Straight from the Horse’s Ass’s mouth:
The text of the Affordable Care Act “explicitly provided a subsidy only to those who receive their insurance through state exchanges. Indeed, the subsidies and tax credits were intended to be the carrot that induced states to set up exchanges rather than force the feds to set up their own…Section 1401 of the act…‘authorizes premium-assistance tax credits and makes them available only through state-run Exchanges.’…The section says that taxpayers may receive a tax credit only if ‘the taxpayer is covered by a qualified health plan ... that was enrolled in through an Exchange established by the State under section 1311 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.’”
What he said.
So I guess if you’ve enrolled in a health insurance policy — via the Affordable Care Act — in a state that has voluntarily set up an exchange, you’re OK. But if you live in a state that has refused to set up an exchange, meaning that the federal government had to step in and do the state’s job for it — No Obamacare for you!