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Justice Scalia's sick burn: Don't call it Obamacare, call it SCOTUScare

The Supreme Court just upheld a key part of the Affordable Care Act in the case King v. Burwell, allowing 6.4 million people to keep tax subsidies they were getting to buy health insurance on the federal exchange on Justice Antonin Scalia is pissed. The dissent he wrote in the case includes the line:

We should start calling this law SCOTUScare.

In case you think we're making this up, here it is in the text of the dissent:

scalia scotuscare

(Supreme Court of the United States)

The dissent also includes the phrase "interpretive jiggery-pokery," and describes one of the arguments in Chief Justice Roberts's majority decision upholding the law as "pure applesauce."

Read more about why Justice Scalia is so ruffled by checking out our main article on the 6-3 decision to uphold the Obamacare subsidies, or checking out all our King v. Burwell coverage.