“Republicans were swift to denounce the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold a key part of President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law on Thursday. In a 6-3 decision, the Supreme Court upheld a provision that allows the federal government to issue subsidies to help low-income Americans buy health insurance. Within minutes, almost every Republican presidential candidate swiftly condemned the decision.
“Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), who has argued several cases in front of the Supreme Court, directed most of his outrage at the Justices themselves. “Today’s decision in King v. Burwell is judicial activism, plain and simple,” Cruz said. “For the second time in just a few years, a handful of unelected judges has rewritten the text of Obamacare in order to impose this failed law on millions of Americans. The first time, the Court ignored federal law and magically transformed a statutory ‘penalty’ into a ‘tax.’ Today, these robed Houdinis transmogrified a ‘federal exchange’ into an exchange ‘established by the State.’”
Cruz continued: “What we have experienced today and what Americans have been experiencing in the past from the Supreme Court is anything but justice in the interest of the American people. This is supposed to be the highest house of law and justice in the nation, and I am sad to say it has turned into deviant institution. In the words of an ancient Roman senator, ‘I love Rome, but it’s become a whore.’”
The Texas senator also shared his plans for post-2016: “God willing, if I become President next year, I promise the American people that the first order of business will be to shut down the mockery that has come to be known as the Supreme Court of the United States. That is my solemn oath, and Americans know Ted Cruz always keeps his promises.”