Heard on the Hill

SCOTUSpalooza

The health care gawkers were in rare form this morning.

There were instapundits in lab coats, artists waving Obama chia heads, disgraced lawmakers, costumed detractors, sweat-stained staffers and iPad-waving tourists hoping to preserve the historic moment for posterity.

(Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

“Happy health care day!” revelers shouted while weaving through the sea of humanity.

“Maybe this will become a national holiday,” other pro-ACAites wondered.

(Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

“I heart the Supreme Court!” another chanted.

“This reminds me of Venezuela. Hugh Chavez does this type of thing,” one red-faced, mic hog warned everyone within earshot.

“Why do they keep calling it Obamacare? It’s Orrin Hatch care,” an armchair Congressional scholar kept barking at anyone who stormed by in full grumble.

Eric Robison, a Washington state native who attends college here in the District, was pleased with the decision but feels there’s still more work to do. In an ideal world, he’d like to see a single-payer system “where everyone pays in and takes out what they need.”

Eric Robison

(Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

“Christ told us to take care of the sick and afflicted,” the self-proclaimed Christian and liberal told HOH, adding, “Markets don’t care about compassion.”

Alex Duner, a visiting high schooler participating in the Georgetown Debate Institute’s summer program, said he and his fellow debate club members had tossed the issue around a bit yet were still surprised by the ultimate decision.

“I think it’s an interesting … very political decision. It’s kind of a little loophole they exploited,” the high school student surmised of the court’s end-around on the individual mandate question.