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  • Quote Unquote: Bill O'Reilly's Apology

    Bill O'Reilly ensures a doubtful guest that the Affordable Care Act would be stricken down by the Supreme Court


    "If Im wrong, I will come on and I will play your clip and I will apologize for being an idiot.”


    And here is that unprecedented apology from O'Reilly, reprinted in its entirety…





    It's heartening to see that he is indeed a man of his word.

    Tags: Bill O'Reilly, Fox News, Health Care, Judiciary, Quote Unquote, Supreme Court
  • Tweet Untweet: The Winning Tax Bracket

    Tags: Health Care, John Roberts, Supreme Court, Tweet Untweet, Twitter
  • John Roberts' Secret Plan

    John RobertsWhen Chief Justice John Roberts sided with the court's liberal wing to uphold the Affordable Care Act, I jumped to all sorts of conclusions. Was he drunk? Had single-payer activists kidnapped one of his children? Did he finally read the Constitution?

    But none of those are true. Instead, it appears this ruling may have been what conservatives wanted all along

    With Thursday's defeat, Republicans were handed a powerful tool for motivating their base and a fresh ammo clip for use in House and Senate races across the map. It removed one arrow from the Democratic quiver — the prospect of an outraged and highly motivated base — and provided a new one to the GOP by defining the mandate as a tax.

    Nice try, guys. But just because Roberts found the law constitutional under Congress' taxation power — rather than its commerce regulation power — it doesn't change the fact that expanded health coverage for Americans will only be possible if more people are required to buy health insurance. Surely people can see that, right?

    Let's ask Dr. Keith Ablow

    ObamaCare is a terrifying trap. Under the guise of "helping" and "healing" and "caring" for Americans, it reminds them how vulnerable they are to illness.

    Right. I forgot how Hodgkin's disease only gets people who know it exists.

    Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images News/Getty Images

    Tags: Health Care, John Roberts, Judiciary, Supreme Court
  • CNN Staffers Embarrassed by SCOTUS Misreporting

    A lot of people had a lot of fun with CNN's botched coverage of the Supreme Court Obamacare decision yesterday, which is totally understandable because Hahahah, CNN! Wolf Blitzer's Beard! Hologram!

    But can you imagine what it would have been like if you worked for CNN? Especially if you were one of the handful of people there who's actually a journalist?

    "Fucking humiliating," said one CNN veteran. "We had a chance to cover it right. And some people in here don’t get what a big deal getting it wrong is. Morons."

    "Shameful," another long-time correspondent told BuzzFeed.

    "It's outrageous and embarrassing," a third CNN staffer vented. "Maybe this will shake the company into understanding that CNN has not been the 'most trusted name in news' for a very long time."

    I think that might be wishful thinking. I don't think the people over there like to acknowledge anything that they can't break first.

    "It looked to all the world like the chief justice was going to strike down the law," legal analyst Toobin later said on air, seeking to explain the CNN confusion.

    So true. And so sad. If only there were some way they could have found out the actual truth before reporting it. Like, if there were some sort of hologram or gigantic iPhone that would give a news network the technological power to hear an entire news item through to its conclusion before reporting on it.

    Maybe one day…

    Tags: CNN, Judiciary, Media, Supreme Court
  • Did the Supreme Court Urinate on Freedom or Fly a Plane Into It?

    Conservative reaction to the Supreme Court's decision upholding Obamacare has been harsh, with many suggesting that Chief Justice John Roberts was bullied by the Obama administration into changing his vote and others blaming Roberts' pro-ACA opinion on a mental impairment caused by his anti-epilepsy medication. They're handling disappointment quite well.

    God bless state legislators then, for offering good quote. Here, for example, is Kent Sorenson of the Iowa State Senate, explaining that when the Supreme Court pees, insurance cards for low-income Americans come out. It must be very painful…

    Not everyone was satisfied with the walk and pee formulation…

    In a closed door House GOP meeting Thursday, Indiana congressman and gubernatorial candidate Mike Pence likened the Supreme Court's ruling upholding the Democratic health care law to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, according to several sources present.

    He immediately apologized.

    "My remarks at the Republican Conference following the Supreme Court decision were thoughtless. I certainly did not intend to minimize any tragedy our nation has faced and I apologize," Pence said in a statement to POLITICO.

    Referencing 9/11 at every opportunity is a well-documented Republican nervous tic. Luckily, Obamacare covers that.

    Photo by Visions of America/Joe Sohm/Getty Images

    Tags: Iowa, Mike Pence, State Legislature, Supreme Court