Thursday, June 28, 2012
ObamaCare Stands, 5-4
The Supreme Court ruled today that ObamaCare as it now stands is Constitutional. Chief Justice John Roberts provided the swing vote, with Justices Alito, Thomas, Kennedy, and Scalia dissenting.
Oddly enough, Justice Roberts' decision was based on the notion that the individual mandate, the heart of the bill is a tax and therefore falls under Congress's power to levy such taxes. That's the exact opposite of what the Obama Administration said in it's oral arguments, and what the president himself said earlier.
“Because the Constitution permits such a tax, it is not our role to forbid it, or to pass upon its wisdom or fairness,” Roberts said in his opinion.
The court also disputed the law’s expansion of Medicaid, but agreed to allow it as long as the federal government does not threaten to withhold states’ entire Medicaid allotment if they don’t take part in the law’s expansion.
“The act before us here exceeds federal power both in mandating the purchase of health insurance and in denying non-consenting states all Medicaid funding,” the dissenters said in a joint statement.
Apparently, there's nothing government cannot do, no commerce or activity public or private they cannot compel, according to Justice Roberts and the Court's majority.If this stands, we can mark this as the end of America as a free country.
My prediction from yesterday on the reaction of the dinosaur media and the left is,of course already taking place.
DNC Director Patrick Gaspard, via Twitter: "It's constitutional, bitches."
The response to Sarah Palin's tweet, "Obama lied, Freedom died" was even classier ( warning, language).
MSNBC referred to it as 'a dramatic victory for the president.'
There is a silver lining to all this.
The Obama Administration now has a ruling, one that redefines ObamaCare as the largest tax increase in history. . Governor Mitt Romney, the Tea Party and Americans who still believe in freedom now have a cause and a major campaign issue to rally around, and this is going to galvanize them like nothing else could. In fact, given the unpopularity of this law, it might just have ensured Mitt Romney's election, along with a conservative majority in Congress.
Ligean dó gáire a Bhuaigh...'Let him laugh who wins.'