June 28, 2012, - 12:15 pm
Obamacare Supreme Aftermath: Will GOP Really Repeal? Roberts Turns Out to Be Lib; Obama Tax on Middle Class
And so ObamaCare is upheld . . . with the help of no less than Chief Justice John Roberts. Why is it that every Bush in the White House gives us a big liberal Supreme? Regardless of the answer, as I’ve said before, Americans are now Ned Beatty in healthcare “Deliverance” . . . er, delivery.
You probably noticed that I wrote nothing recently about ObamaCare before the Supreme Court, as its decision approached. That’s because, unlike the rest of the overly giddy right, I wasn’t so sure it would be overturned. And I was right. A ton of people claiming to have “inside sources” that it would be overturned, or claiming they could tell from the Justices’ questions which way they would go, were simply clueless. I know from years as a lawyer in civil and criminal trials that you never know how a judge will decide . . . until he/she decides. Prognosticating otherwise–especially on a big issue like this–is just fertilizer.
Even more fertilizer-rich ground were the mouths of the Obamaniks, who’ve been telling us for years that this healthcare mandate is not a tax. Today, the only reason it was upheld is because the Supremes said it’s indeed a tax. So, now the lying Obamaniks are saying, hey, yeah, it’s a tax. And it’s a tax on the middle class–you know, the group that Barack Obama promised NOT to tax. The wealthy can afford this tax. The rest of us–including the middle class–cannot.
And then there is Roberts. He sided with the majority in emasculating the Arizona immigration law. Now, he sides with them on ObamaCare. And he’s been slimy and squirmy on a number of other less important decisions. Is he the David Souter or Anthony Kennedy of the George W. Bush administration? It’s shaping up that way. He’s our “wise (non-)Latina.” Behind the businesslike movie star looks lurks a liberal we can never count on and can usually count to rule on the wrong side. Alito, who was sloppy seconds, after the Harriet Miers fiasco, is turning out to be the only good thing Bush did in eight years, and even he sided with the majority on one of the Arizona immigration law neuterings.
Will the Republicans really have the guts to repeal Obamacare, as they’ve now declared they will do? After ObamaCare was passed, top Republicans, like Eric Cantor, said they wouldn’t repeal the pre-existing condition and children-on-parents’-insurance-to-age-26 provisions because those are “popular.” Will their “repeal” include repealing those? If not, then there’s no point, since those are a huge part of what’s wrong with Obamacare’s mandate. And even so, will they have enough votes? Will Mitt Romnesty have the guts to issue an executive order repealing it as Prez? Or will he only sign a watered down “repeal” that really isn’t a repeal?
We shall see. But I’m not hopeful. Just as, unlike the rest of the right, I wasn’t hopeful about today’s decision. Optimism is great. I’m an optimist. But realism is better. And I’m definitely a realist.
Will this law be repealed? What do you predict?
Do you think the death panels and ruination of medicine–a la Europe, Canada, and everywhere else with socialized medicine–will go away with a few Republican votes? I don’t. I wish.
Don’t look for the best and brightest to go into medicine anymore. That’s now officially a thing of the past (though it’s been a trend since HMOs began this quick slide down the slope of American healthcare).
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