(REUTERS/Brendan McDermid) Justice Antonin Scalia The Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday in the latest dispute over President Obama's signature healthcare reform law, and Justice Antonin Scalia trashed how the law was written.
"This is not the most elegantly drafted statute," Scalia said during oral arguments. "It was it was pushed through on expedited procedures and didn't have the kind of consideration by a conference committee, for example, ... that statutes usually do."
The latest debate over Obamacare turns on whether the US can subsidize insurance for people living in the 34 states with exchanges that were set up by the federal government. Scalia, like most of the other conservative justices, is expected to rule with the opponents of Obamacare.
The case famously involves just four words of the law. One part of Obamacare says people who buy insurance through marketplaces "established by the state" get subsidies; opponents say that means people living in states with marketplaces set up by the federal government don't get subsidies.