Finding out about ACA

Love this vignette about finding out about the Supreme Court decision:

“Obamacare upheld,” said a conservative blogger with the handle Smitty, with a phone that could load the right site. “Mandate survives as a tax?”

Primly dressed people with intern badges turned around to see what his sources were.

“CNN’s reporting it was struck down.”

“The networks are disagreeing with each other.”

“Well,” said Smitty. “Here’s what [RedState blogger] Moe Lane says. ‘This is a disaster…'”

At that moment, the pro-Obama side of the protests started cheering and waving signs. The Republicans around me registered their disgust succinctly. “Are you kidding?” “It’s a tax?” “FUCK!”

I heard a peal of delight and turned around — that’s the picture at the top of this post. Hilary Matfess, a young policy analyst, was jumping up and down, yelling out details.

“The mandate is constitutional! It was upheld! Roberts went for the swing vote! Yes! Oh my God! The individual mandate survives as a tax!”

Did you work on passing the bill? I asked.

“No!” said Matfess. “I just have lupus!”


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