PORTLAND, OR -- Oregon's Cascade Policy Institute is disappointed in the Supreme Court's Thursday decision upholding federal subsidies for the Affordable Care Act. Steve Buckstein tells KBND the majority of the Justices let politics rule in this case. "It's almost unbelievable, like Justice Scalia wrote, rules don't apply when the goal of the court is in question. And, the goal of the court is that the Affordable Care Act must be seaved, and they basically did verbal linguistics to figure out how to save the law. The plaintiffs didn't want to get rid of the Affordable Care Act, they just wanted them to follow the letter of the law."
Buckstein says this ruling postpones efforts to move toward a more individual, patient-centered healthcare and health insurance world. He thinks this is the last time the High Court will weigh in. "There have been two challenges and Justice Roberts has sided on the wrong side in both cases. I don't think they're going to rule any differently. I think it's a done deal, in terms of the court."