The initial shock has passed since the Supreme Court rendered its decision on the validity of the health care law known as Obamacare. It’s now time to put it in perspective.
What is important to understand is the true nature of the 5-4 ruling. Naturally the left will praise the Almighty for their “victory” and that Obamacare has weathered the storm. All will now be well in the land of the unwell.
Let them think that way – for now. It will be a short-lived dream.
What really occurred is a sort of judicial vengeance by the Supreme Court. That’s what you read here – vengeance in the most veiled of hidden motives. A conspiracy theory? Maybe. It includes the four liberals that predictably voted for the law and one smart chief justice who saw the legacy of his career in judicial prudence.
Obama’s and his talking head’s endless and ill-advised public insults directed at the court before Thursday’s decision didn’t go unnoticed by even his most rubber-stamp justice – Elena Kagan – his former solicitor general and chief legal counsel.
It’s important to note Chief Justice Roberts actually ruled the mandate, relative to the commerce clause, unconstitutional. Many of those cheering this as a “victory” weren’t quick to realize this is how Obamacare got its foothold with Congress in the first place. There was no discussion about the dreaded word, “tax.”
That is now the operative word as Americans ramble down the road to the November election.
Roberts majority opinion means Congress cannot force Americans to buy anything. Ever. That is now unconstitutional today and forever.
The Founding Fathers are doing a jig in their centuries-old graves.
Secondly, as the ruling states, Congress does not and never had the power to mandate. To fuel Obamacare making it the law of the land, Congress must administer it as a tax. Again, it is a tax.
Are there many people running for re-election that wish to run on that platform? Will those who voted for it remind voters on the stump? It should be remembered that Obamacare was never promoted as a tax and the president reiterated constantly that such an accusation was untrue.
Americans will now be drowned in political ads touting this point, making many of them not fanatical ideologists look foolish for believing the rhetoric building up to the Supreme Court decision. Certainly not what Obama’s strategists were whooping and hollering about last Thursday before they actually read the decision.
What does this all mean?
Obamacare is a tax pure and simple. The Democrats branded those who did not participate in the new law as being “penalized.” Republicans meanwhile called it a tax pure and simple. Democrats went to the 11th hour vote on Obamacare two-years-ago believing the president and smiling House Majority Leader that not complying was a penalty.
With the court’s ruling, how many politicians wish they could have their vote back now?
When Obama’s solicitor general made his pro-Obamacare oral argument in front of the Supreme Court, he pronounced it as “a penalty or a tax, either way.”
Chief Justice Roberts in his majority opinion gave them exactly what the solicitor general had admitted – a tax. That is now the official law of the land. It took a day or two for the celebrants to let that sink in, but now it is theirs to run on this November.
The initial euphoria is now turning to grim reality.
They “won” the battle, but they are about to see how insignificant that is in the realm of total war. Obamacare is funded by tax dollars and all the spinning the Democratic operatives can muster won’t change that stark fact one iota.
A defense attorney’s biggest nightmare – defending the indefensible. Now a Democratic congressman’s and an incumbent president’s too.
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