Justice Scalia doesn't think he should read the complete 2,700 pages of Obama's health care. Should he read every page before making a decision?
During the oral arguments over the health-care law, Justice Scalia
got big laugh lines when he expressed horror that anyone would actually
expect them to read the 2,700-page law:
"You really want us to go through these 2,700 pages? And
do you really expect the Court to do that? Or do you expect us to — to
give this function to our law clerks? Is this not totally unrealistic?
That we are going to go through this enormous bill item by item and
decide each one?"
Seriously, this is the biggest case in years (decades?), and he's
horrified that he might actually have to spend a few days reading it?
This is about what the typical law student reads every week. And Justice
Scalia can't be bothered?
Let's remember what's at stake here:
To be clear, the Affordable Care Act is a very long bill,
and it includes far more than just a provision requiring people to buy
insurance. It has expanded insurance coverage for millions of people by
allowing young adults to stay on their parents’ insurance plans until
26, and it prevents insurance companies from denying someone coverage
because of a pre-existing condition. Scalia is brushing off a bill that
could dramatically expand affordable health insurance to the 50 million
Americans who are currently uninsured — that is, so long as the Supreme
Court does not strike down the entire law. (source)
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