Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has finally conceded that he was “disappointed” with Chief Justice John Roberts’ key backing of most of President Barack Obama’s health care law last year.
The 76-year-old justice has long publicly dismissed reports that he and Roberts had a “falling out” in the wake of the decision, but seemed to hedge on that for the first time on Tuesday.
“I was disappointed it came out the way it did,” Scalia told an audience of Smithsonian Institution supporters, the Washington Examiner reported.
But Scalia said of Roberts: “I don’t work for him, and he doesn’t work for me.”
Following the landmark decision, which was decided by a narrow 5-4 margin, reports swirled that Scalia was “enraged” at his chief and fellow conservative.
“Have you ever heard the expression, ‘Win some lose some?’ That’s life and just be resigned to it. Yeah, I am greatly disappointed when I can’t persuade a majority of my colleagues,” Scalia said Tuesday. “But that’s life, that’s the system we have, that’s why we have nine justices instead of one. I’m disappointed, but I stumble on.”