The 8 Best Lines From the Huge Obamacare Ruling, From Applesauce to Jiggery-Pokery

All you need to know, in a nutshell.

Ruling Puts Obama in Clear on Health Care: Heilemann

The Supreme Court ended months of speculation Thursday when it rejected a potentially fatal challenge to Obamacare in King v. Burwell.

The 6-3 ruling featured Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Anthony Kennedy joining the four liberal-leaning justices to hold that law's insurance tax credits are available in all 50 states. The decision prevents some 6 million Americans from losing insurance subsidies that make their coverage more affordable.

At issue were a handful of words in the statute that the challengers said restrict the tax credits to states that set up their own insurance exchanges, rather than the three-dozen states that use the federal exchange. Three conservatives sided with that view, led by Justice Antonin Scalia in a characteristically sardonic dissent.

Here are the highlights.

1. Chief Justice Roberts sums up the ruling in 15 words

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2. But he also had a choice adjective for how Obamace was drafted: “inartful”

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3. Roberts: context matters, and the plaintiffs didn't get that

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4. Congress never wanted Obamacare to end in a “death spiral,” Roberts says

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5. In Justice Scalia's dissent, he complained that the Court had rewritten the law too much with a sick burn

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6. The Supreme Court majority's logic? Scalia compared it to  baby food

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7. And viewing other parts of Obamacare as validating the White House's interpretation of the law is ...

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8. Scalia concludes his fierce dissent by accusing the Supreme Court of doing something most associated with gymnasts

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Correction: This article was updated to clarify the first sentence on the justices rejecting the challenge to Obamacare.

(Clarifies first sentence on justices rejecting the challenge to Obamacare.)
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