Politics: Obamacare: The Left Won the Battle, The Right Will Win The War
Words are not adequate enough to fully express my initial level of shock and disappointment for the SCOTUS' ruling on the constitutionality of Obamacare. However, I am even more inspired by the increased level of patriotism in light of it. The SCOTUS has ruled that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) or "Obamacare" is unconstitutional under the commerce clause; however, it was upheld as constitutional under the taxation clause. Most of its components remain intact, and you can view the entire written opinion here.
Barack Obama has now added to his resume the largest tax increase on American citizens in US history. A very dangerous precedent has been set in that Congress can tax the citizens for anything - even inactivity. A mandate is a tax. Chief Justice Roberts' message to Americans is very clear: This is a legislative problem that must be fixed by our elected officials. In other words, this needs to be handled politically for what it is - a tax increase.
Roberts' decision will silence Liberals who question the objectivity of the SCOTUS and as Chief Justice, he is trying to balance maintaining the integrity of the court with the sovereignty of the constitution. Instead of dealing with Obamacare politically, Republicans thought that they could just shift responsibility to the Supreme Court and it would be repealed or at worse, the individual mandate alone would be repealed. Now, per Chief Justice Roberts, we must take it back to Congress and deal with it politically.
This ruling is sending shock waves throughout populations of supporters of both political ideologies. Conservatives have gone from outrage to even more fervent support of GOP candidate Mitt Romney, and a shift is bound to occur among independent voters as well. Within hours of the ruling, Mitt Romney's campaign has received more 3 million dollars in donations and counting. All on the Left are not thrilled with this outcome either but both sides share responsibility for it. As analyst Michael Tanner of the CATO Institute reminded us regarding the predecessor for Obamacare (Romneycare) in 2008:
“Outside observers on both the Right and Left praised the program. Edmund Haislmaier of the Heritage Foundation hailed it as ’one of the most promising strategies out there.’ And Hillary Clinton adviser Stuart Altman said, ’The Massachusetts plan could become a catalyst and a galvanizing event at the national level, and a catalyst for other states’
Critics of Mitt Romney argue that "Romneycare" is a failure (and it is) but you see, that's the very reason Romney is the right man for the job because he has tried it, failed, and knows firsthand that Obamacare, modeled after his plan, will not work. Massachusetts was an experimental microcosm of socialist inspired healthcare in the local private sector. Romney has tested his healthcare hypothesis in Massachusetts and failed, whereas with President Obama we are the test and his hypothesis is based on Romney's so as logic dictates, we will fail. Barack Obama either deliberately ignores this in light of the tax revenue he will generate or is afflicted with political myopia so severe that he cannot see it. You decide. Romney has responded to the ruling stating that "In order to get rid of Obamacare we must get rid of Obama" as well as pledged to repeal it if elected. I believe that he will do this because we will make sure he keeps this promise:
According to the Seattle Times, Barack Obama still has his work cut out for him (and I concur):
"Still, the triumph for Obama will not necessarily be enduring. The president now faces the challenge of trying to sell the merits of the health-care law again in the court of public opinion, even as Romney and Republicans can campaign on their promise to repeal the measure.
It was telling that Obama used his address from the East Room two hours after the court's ruling to explain the law and its benefits to Americans, something that even some supporters said he had failed to do effectively after the law's passage in 2010."
Most liberals are celebrating is quite confusing as well as humorous to me because this should be a losing situation for them as well. Their shouts of victory show me that they don't even understand their own platform. So a regurgitated republican healthcare plan that has been proven as a failure is a victory? Huh? They are still forced to buy insurance from the private sector which liberals have rallied against from here to kingdom come, in favor of government run healthcare. I'm starting to think liberalism is a mental disorder today and would, except for those liberals friends of mine who have remained consistent in their quest for true socialized medicine. One such friend is Independent Liberal blogger Yvette Carnell, a contributor and editor of YourBlackWorld.net who said to me, in reaction to the ruling:
"The Supreme Court may have limited the Commerce Clause, but they still legalized a mandate to buy PRIVATE health insurance. For me, that's a problem since there's no government alternative. You're forcing me into the market no matter what. What if prices are high, then what? I'm still mandated to participate? I have issues with that…"
Now of course, I don't agree with Yvette, but at least she has the wisdom to understand what this really means for the healthcare aspect of the liberal platform. No one can dare say that she, or other liberals who share this sentiment, is inconsistent. Obamacare was a covert love affair between Barack Obama and taxation that the Supreme Court has now brought out into the open. Instead of keeping this affair secret, an engagement has been announced by Chief Justice Roberts, and it's up to us on Tuesday, November 6th 2012 to interrupt the ceremony when asked and speak up or hold our peace for four more years. In effect, liberals celebrating Obamacare is equivalent to a turkey celebrating Thanksgiving.
The irony in the aftermath of this ruling is that many of the arguments about Obamacare in the blogosphere are now avoiding the cost factor - from both sides. This ruling does not change the fact that Obamacare costs much more than we were initially led to believe. We cannot afford Obamacare with 16 trillion dollars in debt looming over our heads and counting and the current tactic of buying our own debt will not stop nor slow the progress of this coming fiscal tsunami.
Obama misrepresented himself when he condemned Hillary Clinton's healthcare plan in 2008 because of the individual mandate because he has done the same exact thing that he campaigned against. He also gave Americans his word that this was not a tax as far back as 2009. The word "tax" did not even come up while this legislation was in Congress, yet crept its way into the oral arguments before the SCOTUS in March. I have never seen such overt, political, left-wing legerdemain in my life.
Now the SCOTUS has upheld it for what it was to start with - a tax. This is great news for Mitt Romney because Chief Justice Roberts has actually given him a new battle cry - that Americans are being forced to pay yet another tax, initially under the subterfuge of a "fine" by a president who has said he would not to do this. This is also a major reason for the very existence of the Tea Party (T axed E nough A lready) which every patriot should be in full support of in every way now.
Conservatives, the Trojan Horse is no longer at the gates, but has now entered the city. This is our Thermopylae. Liberals: go ahead and celebrate now while you can. You won this battle, but you will lose the war.