“This Congress, your honor?”
That snappy one-liner got a rare laugh from the packed crowd at the Supreme Court back in March.
Justice Antonin Scalia had asked Solicitor General Donald Verilli if there was any chance Congress could put aside politics and fix four words of ambiguous language in ObamaCare before the court had to rule in King v. Burwell.
The case is a challenge to federal subsidies in the healthcare law — and those four contested words are at its root. The case will be decided in the next few weeks.
The laughter was telling. No one trusts the current Congress to make a simple correction.
It is also true that few Americans trust the Supreme Court to make an impartial ruling. An AP-GFK poll conducted last month found 48 percent of Americans think the court’s ruling will not be based on an “objective interpretation of law.”