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Max Baucus

Political polarization leads to bad legislation

Political polarization leads to bad legislation

The Supreme Court's decision in King v. Burwell, permitting 6.4 million Americans to continue receiving subsidies to buy health insurance on the federal insurance exchange, elated liberals and enraged the right. Conservatives have already begun decrying the "traitors" who, though appointed by Republican presidents, charitably interpreted a key provision of the hated Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Sadly, no one will focus on what truly deserves attention: King v. Burwell should never have existed. Only a deeply flawed legislative process brought the case to the Supreme Court....