Recent weeks have seen the odd spectacle of conservatives cheering as the Supreme Court restricted the ability of Congress to cut federal spending on a welfare program. Even conservatives who criticized the Court’s Obamacare ruling overall have treated its holding on Medicaid as a win. Not so fast, I argue at Bloomberg View.
Jay Cost, in the Weekly Standard, calls the court’s move a “major victory for conservatives who cherish our system of dual sovereignty.” Michael Barone writes that the court has embraced “a principle that could work powerfully against big-government policies. Medicaid has been vastly expanded over the years in this manner. Now the court seems to be saying that that game is over.”