Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) took to the floor of the Senate Thursday to denounce the Supreme Court ruling on tax subsidies under Obamacare, calling the justices “lawless", saying “If those justices want to become legislators I invite them to resign and run for office, that’s the appropriate place to write laws.”
Here’s an excerpt from Cruz’s floor address:
“For the second time in just a few years, a handful of unelected judges has re-written the text of Obamacare in order to impose that failed law upon millions of Americans. The first time, the court ignored federal law and magically transformed a statutory penalty into a tax.
Today, these robed Houdinis have transmogrified a federal exchange into a exchange quote -‘established by the state’ – this is lawless. As (dissenting opinion author) Justice (Antonin) Scalia rightfully put it, words no longer have meaning if an exchange that is not established by a state - is established by the state.
Justice Scalia continued, ‘we should start calling this law SCOTUScare’, I agree.
If this were a bankruptcy case or any other case of ordinary statutory interpretation the results would have been 9-0. With the court unanimously reversing the Obama administration’s illegal actions. But instead, politics intervened. For nakedly politically reasons the Supreme Court willfully ignored the words that Congress wrote. Instead, wrote into the law their preferred policy outcome. These judges have joined with President Obama in harming millions of Americans.
Unelected judges have once again become legislators and bad ones at that. They are lawless and they hide their prevarication in legalize. Our government was designed to be one of laws not of men and this transparent distortion is disgraceful.
These justices are not behaving as umpires calling balls and strikes, they have joined a team, and it’s a team that’s hurting Americans across this country.”
Cruz later continued, “If those justices want to become legislators I invite them to resign and run for office, that’s the appropriate place to write laws. On this floor – not from that courtroom.”