The logic of the Supreme Court ruling upholding the latest challenge to ObamaCare is simple: “Congress passed the Affordable Care Act to improve health insurance markets, not destroy them,” writes Chief Justice John Roberts in his 6-3 majority decision in the case of King v. Burwell.
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“If at all possible, we must interpret the Act in a way that is consistent with the former, and avoids the latter.”
This is obviously true — and patently ridiculous.
It’s true because of course the goal was to improve markets. It’s absurd because government policies often have the opposite effect of what is intended — and the moral and legal onus in such situations falls on those who advanced the policies in the first place, not those who attempt to undo them.
The ludicrousness of Roberts’ logic can be seen in this extreme thought experiment: Policies like Communism, National Socialism and fascism came into political being because their expostulators and advancers thought they were going to improve humankind.
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