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How Bush v. Gore Led to Obamacare

The King v. Burwell decision may come back to haunt Republicans later instead of sooner.
Bush v. Burwell.

Bush v. Burwell.

Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward comeuppance.

There has been much commentary on the political impact of a pending Supreme Court ruling in King v. Burwell, the lawsuit arguing that a handful of words in the Affordable Care Act should be ripped out of context in order to invalidate Obamacare subsidies on the federal health-insurance exchange. It's a novel, spectacularly cynical, argument (full explanation outsourced to Jonathan Chait). If the court endorses it, the short-term and long-term political consequences may be very different.