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November 14, 2014 at 6:05 AM

Obamacare: Courts shouldn’t be revising laws

Paul Krugman does not respect your readers. He asks us to believe that the language in the Affordable Care Act that specifies federal subsidies will be provided for those who purchase health insurance through state-run and not federal exchanges is due to sloppy drafting of the legislation [“Death by typo for Obamacare?” Opinion, Nov. 11].

Why distinguish between state-run and federal exchanges in the first place if they are to be treated similarly? This provision in the law was intended to provide an incentive to the states to participate rather than to opt out and default to the federal exchanges. Apparently, Krugman, like U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi, really did need to wait until it was enacted to “see what was in it.” Now, he says that judges who read the law as it was written (and intended) are “corrupt” and “willing to pervert the law to serve political masters” because they won’t interpret the law as he wished it had been written.

Krugman insists that the courts rescue the administration from the political blunder of this failed overreach. He is an economist, not a political scientist, but I am confident that he knows that it is not the responsibility of the courts to rewrite bad laws.

John Prueitt, Seattle

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