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BREAKING: SUPREME COURT ALLOWS OBAMACARE INDIVIDUAL MANDATE TO STAND AS A TAX…
Only one way left to get rid of this liberty-depriving law — elect Mitt Romney.
(WaPo) — The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the individual health-insurance mandate that is at the heart of President Obama’s landmark health-care law, saying the mandate is permissible under Congress’s taxing authority.
The potentially game-changing, election-year decision — a major victory for the White House less than five months before the November elections — will help redefine the power of the national government and affect the health-care choices of millions of Americans.
Passage of the legislation by the Democratic-controlled Congress in 2010 was the signature domestic achievement of Obama’s presidency, capping decades of efforts to implement a national program of health care. When the legislation was passed, it was expected to eventually extend health-care coverage to more than 30 million Americans who currently lack it.
Republicans in Congress and GOP presidential challenger Mitt Romney vowed to try and repeal the measure after the November elections if it was upheld by the court.
The health-care issue thrust the Supreme Court into the public spotlight unlike anything since its role in the 2000 presidential election. The court’s examination of the law received massive coverage — especially during three days of oral arguments in March — and its outcome remained Washington’s most closely guarded secret.
Nothing will rally us conservatives more than a war against ObamaCare. Why, Romney raised over $100,000 in less than an hour after SCOTUS ruling. Look for the Tea Party to rise from the ashes in a mighty way. Not only are we psyched to defeat Obama in November, but to take back the Senate. They have not heard the last from us yet. Remember 2010. That was a nightmare for the Left.
Check this out from the American Thinker:
The politics of the ObamaCare decision (updated with dissents)
It looks to me that there are some sweet lemons for conservatives in the ObamaCare decision. Before we burn the chief in effigy, let's read the decision and think about the implications.
First of all, upholding ObamaCare is going to energize opposition to Obama, and the determination to elect a Congress that can repeal and replace it. Just a day ago, the MSM was telling us it would be a plus for Obama if the act were held unconstitutional because it would take the issue off the table and weaken his opposition.
On the other hand, as Rick Moran points out, "it gives Obama a big boost; everyone likes a winner.
I have no doubt that the same media will now proclaim it is a big victory, a change in momentum, a blow to the right. I also expect Sudden New Respect for Chief Justice Roberts. I am not going to hold that against him.
For one thing, the deal! What do you expect? went nowhere near claiming the Commerce Clause means the feds can force us to do anything. The CJ and the majority (remember, by joining the majority he got to write the opinion) relied on the taxation power, by defining the mandate penalty as a tax. In other words, they seem to have in effect said, Yeah, the Democrats lied when they claimed they weren't raising taxes. Big
Lyle at SCOTUS Blog agrees with me:
The rejection of the Commerce Clause and Nec. and Proper Clause should be understood as a major blow to Congress's authority to pass social welfare . Using the tax code -- especially in the current political environment -- to promote social welfare is going to be a very chancy proposition.
So in other words, the CJ protected us from the expanding the reach of the Commerce Clause, and let us know that we were lied to by the Democrats. And has handed us a big election issue.
Sometimes we win by losing. Call it the Zen of John Roberts.
Update with other opinions:
Mike Razar (corrected attributuion of this) is outraged by CJ Roberts:
You win some; you lose some. It is doubly painful to lose because of a betrayal by someone you admired and trusted. Caesar's dying words were "Et tu Brute". Judas Roberts has broken faith with everyone who cares about Constitutional freedom. Given the opportunity to at least slow two centuries of the assumption of dictatorial power by the federal government, Roberts has chosen to side with the Jacobins. His name henceforth is inexorably linked with Benedict Arnold, the one-time hero of Saratoga who mysteriously changed sides when his loyalty was most needed by General Washington. Nathan Hale must be sobbing in his grave today.Just as the betrayal by Arnold ultimately did no lasting harm, history will record that this act of cowardice sparked a renewed commitment of our modern Tea Party patriots to the founding principles of liberty. Perhaps our righteous indignation will go beyond defeating the liberty challenged politicians in Washington. They should amend the Constitution, to clearly limit the powers of the federal government to tax and regulate the everyday lives of individual citizens.For now, every Tea Party patriot should sign a petition calling for the resignation of Mr. Roberts.
Sara Goss disagrees:
The Democrats will be hailing the SCOTUS decision to uphold Obamacare as a referendum on Obama's 1st term in office. What they won't be mentioning is that Obamacare was upheld because Congress has the power to TAX. As has been said all along, if it looks like a tax and acts like a tax, then it's a tax. And, it's the largest tax ever imposed in a single shot on the American public.Republicans should be dissecting this ruling and shouting from the roof tops that Obamacare was sold to Congress as relating to health care. When it was defended in court the main defense was that it was a tax. And, of course, Congress has the power to levy taxes. Going forward, we need to change all references from Obamacare to Obamatax. Because, as has been pointed out by SCOTUS, it's not about health care, it's about taxes.
C. Edmund Wright thinks Lying is Constitutional; Common Sense is Not
While the pundits are still in shock and babbling about what just happened at the Supreme Court, we do know this much:The Supreme Court has just ruled that our government can blatantly lie to us about their ability to tax -- as long as they end up calling it a tax in the end. They can do that with the Court's blessing in fact. Moreover, the government can now tax what we do or do not do as well as income. As Andrew Napolitano said on Fox News, his libertarian fervor barely under control, this is no doubt "the most bizarre tax in history" and allows our government to "tax us not on income, but on behavior."As Mark Levin reiterated last night on his radio show, Obama Care "fundamentally changes the relationship between a citizen and his government." Indeed. We cease to be citizens. We become line item expenses.In a technical sense, this was an initial defeat for Obama Care and the individual mandate because the government's ability to compel commerce was struck down. That's when John Roberts - ignoring the real lesson of Solomon's' threat to cut the baby in half - rushed in to save the mandate by saying that the government could accomplish the same thing by simply calling this a tax.In other words, according to Roberts, not only are we line items, we are nothing more than schlubs and Roberts encourages our government to lie to us to make sure we don't get out of control.In other words, Kathleen Sebelius will need a little more help from the IRS than they had originally thought. Meanwhile, we all just suffered at least a short-term defeat to the very concept of limited government and liberty since Sebelius and the IRS as well as her army of bureaucrats in the Jurassic HHS Department just gained more of a foot hold in our lives.This will no doubt set up a real showdown between the House and the White House over Obama Care between now and the election. At this point, how this plays out in a political sense is unknown but there is one thing for sure: the best chance of today's insane ruling working out well in the end is for the GOP members of the House and for Team Romney to come out hard and aggressive.This ruling is awful. This bill is awful. It will end America as we know it and therefore it must be defeated and soundly. And it will likely be fought on the very nature of what a mandate is.
Karin McQuillan looks to the emotional impact:
Two conflicting emotions. I feel a hollow pit in my stomach, a body blow. We cannot rely on the Supreme Court to protect us from unlimited, tyrannical nanny state government reaching into every aspect of our lives. I was hoping, and yes, expecting, the Court to roll back the expansion federal power by a historic reassertion of the Commerce Clause, to once again reserve power to the states, as our founders intended. I hoped for big language about freedom of citizens from government intrustion.Our trust and respect for Justice Roberts was misplaced. He is not going to be a hero of Constitutional government.Obamacare was not passed as a tax and wasn't passable as a tax. For the Court to uphold it as a tax is to undercut our democratic process. It is rewriting the law to make it viable.Next emotion. Steely determination. A landslide victory has just become possible. The majority of the American people - who loathe socialized medicine - are going to rise up and vote. They will vote the Obama-Reid-Pelosi European socialist Democrat Party out of office. This election will be hard fought but it will not be close.Obama's disastrous attack on our economy through profligate spending and a ban on using our energy resources was not going over well with ordinary voters. Now he has the millstone of Obamacare around his neck. Headlines may say he was vindicated, but they will not motivated discouraged, unemployed young whites, single women, Hispanics or blacks to rush out and vote for their guy, all happy that Obamacare will be around.It will motivate the rest of us.
Richard Baehr sees gloom:
I am not as optimistic. I think this could dispirit our side and boost enthusiasm for the dems. Intrade betters feel the same way. Obama odds of winning up a few points already. Last two weeks have been bad news in general for purr side. We are being routed among Hispanics due to new immigration policy. Obama has over 40 point lead nationwide. We will not win Nevada or colorado with these numbers and maybe not florida either. No chance of romney winning without florida. I think today is a disaster. Roberts is gutless. I thought Kennedy would be the squishy one.
Steve McCann sees cowardice, but also sees the "sleeping giant" awakening:
Cowardice. That is the only way to describe the Supreme Court decision to recast the ObamaCare mandate as a "tax." Something the Congress and Obama went out of their way to avoid when debating and passing the bill. Something they explicitly said was not a "tax" on repeated occasions.
The Court appeared determined to find a way to avoid declaring the mandate unconstitutional and thus having to confront the issue of severability which would have forced them to declare the entire Bill unconstitutional. Reading something into the law that was not there is the epitome of judicial activism and a historic black mark on the independence of the Judiciary. Acting as impartial jurors was not the basis of this process, rather it was to avoid, in their minds, getting into a political fray.
All they have done is exacerbate the political process and force the American people to finally confront the fact that they, on November 6th will have the final decision. Conservatives, libertarian, conservative Democrats and Republicans now have had the gauntlet thrown down and Obama and the left, while in celebratory mood now, will face a more united and determined foe.
As Admiral Yamamoto said upon hearing of the successful attack on Pearl Harbor: "I fear all we have done is wake up a sleeping giant and filled him with a terrible resolve."
Check out how the Stock Market reacted to the ruling. Small businesses will continue to be too fearful to hire employees because of the high costs, so do not look for any improvements in the economy. Had the Supreme Court ruled against ObamaCare, businesses many have ventured out and begun hiring. Not now!
UPDATE: The fundraising since the ruling has now reached over $1 million.
Make that $2 million.
UPDATE: The fundraising since the ruling has now reached over $1 million.
Make that $2 million.