Lawmaker to Supreme Court: You go on Obamacare!

We should call this law 'SCOTUScare': Justice Scalia
We should call this law 'SCOTUScare': Justice Scalia   

He's really making a federal case out of this.

A Republican congressman, irate over the Supreme Court's decision to uphold a key part of President Barack's Obama's health care law, wants the nine justices on the high court and their staff to get their health coverage through Obamacare.

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Rep. Brian Babin, Republican of Texas, has introduced a bill called the "SCOTUScare Act," which would compel the Supreme Court to be on Obamacare. The name of the act is a nod to Justice Antonin Scalia, who in a bitingly sarcastic dissent to Thursday's 6-3 decision wrote, "We should start calling this law SCOTUSCare."

"As the Supreme Court continues to ignore the letter of the law, it's important that these six individuals understand the full impact of their decisions on the American people," Babin said, according to TheHill.com.

"By eliminating their exemption from Obamacare, they will see firsthand what the American people are forced to live with," he said.

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The court's ruling Thursday, written by Chief Justice John Roberts, said that Obamacare subsidies must be available to customers of government-run insurance exchanges across the United States, regardless of whether the marketplace is being run by a state or the federal government. The subsidies are available to people with low and moderate incomes.

Plaintiffs in the case known as King v. Burwell unsuccessfully argued that customers of HealthCare.gov, the federal exchange that serves two-thirds of the U.S., were ineligible for these subsidies.

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Babin's bill may face long odds getting passed into law, particularly while President Obama wields a veto pen.

Even if it became law, it would likely have less of an effect on the justices themselves than on the Supreme Court's rank-and-file employees. Six of the justices are 65 or older, meaning they qualify for Medicare, the federal government health-coverage program for primarily senior citizens.

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The three justices under 65—Roberts, Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor—and high court staff would have to purchase individual health plans sold either on or outside of government-run Obamacare exchanges, in order to comply with the Affordable Care Act's requirement that people have health coverage or face a fine.

Because of the decision Thursday, those court employees who live in Virginia and would buy coverage through HealthCare.gov would potentially be eligible for subsidies to help reduce the cost of their monthly premiums.

The District of Columbia and Maryland operate their own Obamacare exchanges, so their eligible customers were not at risk of losing their subsidies before the ruling.

Read the full story from The Hill here.