Washington: Finding himself at odds with the US Supreme Court over its two landmark judgements upholding healthcare law and same-sex marriage, Louisiana’s Indian-American governor Bobby Jindal wants to get rid of the court.
“Thursday, the Supreme Court had its say on Obamacare; soon, the American people will have theirs,” wrote the newly minted aspirant for Republican nomination for President in an opinion piece in Time magazine.
The Court’s decision upholding subsidies for states participating in the federally run insurance exchange, he wrote, “violates the plain text of Obamacare,” as President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law Affordable Care Act is nicknamed.
“It’s a sad outcome for the rule of law – and the English language,” said Jindal who like other Republican governors has refused to set up a marketplace or exchange where people can shop for affordable health insurance.
But an estimated 138,000 residents of Louisiana are getting federal subsidies through the federal exchange that is open to those who don’t have access to state exchanges.
“Contrary to this President’s self-proclaimed edicts, yesterday’s Supreme Court decision is not the end of the debate on Obamacare,” said Jindal.
It merely “shifts back to the elected branches of government – the ones that caused our health care mess in the first place,” he said. “It is there that conservatives can complete our work to repeal Obamacare.”