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GOP Senator: Anton Scalia is flat-out wrong; Congress has no intention of fixing anything.

Until today, everyone has known that the idea of a Republican-controlled Congress taking 5 minutes out of their day to "fix" the wording "problem" in the ACA which they ginned up themselves was laughable...but to my knowledge, no sitting member of Congress (at least not one in a Senior leadership position, anyway) has come right and admitted this.

Remember this exchange from the King v. Burwell oral arguments back in April?

SCALIA: What about Congress? You really think Congress is just going to sit there while all of these disastrous consequences ensue? I mean, how often have we come out with a decision such as the ­­ you know, the bankruptcy court decision? Congress adjusts, enacts a statute that takes care of the problem. It happens all the time. Why is that not going to happen here?
 
VERRILLI: Well, this Congress? Your Honor, I...

(ROOM BREAKS INTO LAUGHTER)

VERRILLI: ..You know, I mean, of course, theoretically they could...

SCALIA: I don't care what Congress you're talking about. If the consequences are as disastrous as you say, so many million people without insurance and whatnot, yes, I think this Congress would act."

Yeah, about that...

Obama said he has confidence the court, which has upheld other portions of the law, will again rule in favor of keeping the program intact. If not, he said he hopes Congress will enact legislation to retain the subsidies.

“I’m optimistic that the Supreme Court will play it straight when it comes to the interpretation,” he said. “If it didn’t, Congress could fix this whole thing with a one-sentence provision.”

That won’t happen, said John Barrasso of Wyoming, the fourth-ranking Republican in the Senate.

“Instead of bullying the Supreme Court, the president should spend his time preparing for the reality that the court may soon rule against his decision to illegally issue tax penalties and subsidies on Americans in two-thirds of the country,” he said in a statement. “Congress will not pass a so-called ‘one-sentence’ fake fix.”

Huh. OK, you were saying, Justice Scalia?