Ezra Klein argues that "the Halbig case could destroy Obamacare," but that that won't happen.
As far as it goes that's a reasonable argument to make, since, after the full D.C. Appeals Court agrees with the Fourth Circuit Appeals Court, the highest court is unlikely to ever hear the case. What is unreasonable about Klein's argument is, well, his reasoning behind why this conservative Court would never "rip insurance from tens of millions of people due to an uncharitable interpretation of congressional grammar":
For five unelected, Republican-appointed judges to cause that much disruption and pain would put the Court at the center of national politics in 2015 and beyond. It would be a disaster for the institution.
Need I point out the Court's historical obliviousness to such sensitivity?--such as, say, that time when it fucking appointed a president of the United States in direct contravention of the U.S. Constitution as well as the expressed, calculable sentiments of the American electorate? Furthermore those five unelected, Republican-appointed judges rather brazenly revealed in their incoherent "argument" that they were only doing what they damn well felt like doing, for partisan reasons. Due process? Shove it.
Now this Son of that Court--after also blowing all political-finance rationality to hell--is the one from which we are to expect prudence and restraint and a noble commitment to delicate virtue?
Hello? Ezra? Hello?