“You don’t need a fancy law degree" to know what Congress intended. ~ @PressSec—
Ben Howe (@BenHowe) July 22, 2014
So, law degrees. Do they matter, or don’t they? The White House can’t seem to decide.
As Twitchy reported, earlier today, Obamacare took a hit in the Halbig v. Burwell decision. At issue were just a few words in the legislation, words Nancy Pelosi might’ve noticed had she bothered to read the damn thing before voting to pass it. But according to White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest, that shouldn’t even matter, because it should be obvious to anyone with a brain what Congress intended.
No, this was a thing that actually happened. And what makes it even more ridiculous is that, as Digitas Daily’s Ben Howe notes, Earnest recently referred to Obama as the “constitutional lawyer who sits in the Oval Office.” My, how things have changed!
That “fancy legal degree” sure seemed to matter then … but now? Not so much.
There’s a lot of high-minded case law that’s applied here. There’s also an element of common sense that should be applied as well, which is that you don’t need a fancy legal degree to understand that Congress intended for every eligible American to have access to tax credits that would lower their health care costs, regardless of whether it was state officials or federal officials who are running the marketplace.
Know what else, Josh? We don’t need a “fancy legal degree” to understand this: