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The PPACA was upheld, as you should well know by now.

Here is an explanation of the decision in one simple paragraph.

The consequences of the decision and the way in which it was made can’t be explained quite so simply. For now though, I can stay on my parent’s health insurance until I’m 26 and that’s enough to make it a good day.

Also, the fact that Clarence Thomas (deeply unethical) and Antonin Scalia (partisan hack) are having absolutely shit weeks is almost more satisfying to me than the verdict itself. 

"This gets us back to the principle that the government must pay us what we are entitled to."

- Ramah Navajo Chapter President Rodger Martinez • Discussing the Supreme Court’s decision on Monday to force the government to pay back Native American tribes for money they spent on federal programs. Back in 2000, Congress allocated a $1.6 billion payback to the Bureau of Indian Affairs, but Congress had capped paybacks, so only $120.2 million has been paid back so far. ”We stressed that the government’s obligation to pay contract support costs should be treated as an ordinary contract promise,” Justice Sonia Sotomayor wrote in her majority ruling, released Monday. (via shortformblog)

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Source: MSN

"This court, cosseted behind white marble pillars, out of reach of TV, accountable to no one once they give the last word, is well on its way to becoming one of the most divisive in modern American history. It has squandered even the semi-illusion that it is the unbiased, honest guardian of the Constitution. It is run by hacks dressed up in black robes."

- Maureen Dowd, not a fan of the Supreme Court these days.  (via joshsternberg)

Really, really tough words on this one. (via shortformblog)

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Source: joshsternberg

"Alas, to the surprise of no one, the justices announced last week that they would not permit the Care Act arguments to be broadcast live or on video. Instead, interested people will be able to hear the argument, but only in the afternoon, after the day’s argument has concluded. …It’s the sort of show that millions of Americans deserve to see live, as it unfolds, and not on tape delay. To me, no matter how the justices come down on the merits of the Affordable Care Act, they’ve already made a big mistake."

- Andrew Cohen, contributing editor at The Atlantic • Arguing against the Supreme Court’s refusal to broadcast the upcoming arguments over the Affordable Care Act. Cohen makes the case from something of a populist position, saying that to disallow or dissuade a broad swath of the American public from viewing the case, while Washington lobbyists and politicos fight for the right to pack the 400-seat room, represents an “unequal justice.” A worthwhile read on the access, and lack thereof, of common people to the functions of government. source (viafollow)
Source: shortformblog