"An intellectual is a man who takes more words than necessary to tell more than he knows." — Dwight D. Eisenhower
Today was a bad day for those opposing the Affordable Healthcare Law (ObamaCare) and a presumed great day, by the mainstream media, for Obama and progressives. But was it?
I am writing this blog within hours of the United States Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision upholding ObamaCare and its mandate on the Constitutional grounds that it is a tax and the Commerce and General Welfare Clauses do not apply. This is a good thing as Congresses power to regulate has been set back a few yards or to sue a football term it was sacked.
While Chief Justice Roberts sided with the liberals on the Court he was correct when in writing the majority opinion that Congress does have the right to tax – Article I, Section 8.1.that states:
“The Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes, duties, imposts and excises, to pay the debts and provide for the common defense and general welfare of the United States; but all duties, imposts and excises shall be uniform throughout the United States.”
This was the argument the government lawyers posed before the Court, an argument that was not in the original concept of the bill. Over and over Obama and the Democrats claimed it was not a tax or a penalty and was mandated under the abovementioned clauses of the Constitution. Roberts did not have to do this and grabbed the government’s last ditch argument to save the bill. Why he did this will always be a question and we shall never know. But, that point is mute and the decision is in and it stands as made.
This may have been a pyric victory for Obama where he won the battle but will lose the war. I believe this issue will move to the top of issues during the coming presidential campaign. President Barack Obama’s big win with the Supreme Court could come back to bite him at the election. The Supreme Court has spoken. This means the only way we can overturn this obnoxious law is by defeating Obama and capturing the Senate.
Now that the only way to get rid of Obama’s healthcare overhaul is via the ballot box, it could persuade more people to turn out and vote against him in November.
Polls have shown roughly 55 percent of voters oppose ObamaCare with 40 percent supporting it, even though the president holds a slight lead over Republican challenger Mitt Romney in head-to-head surveys.
So this really puts ObamaCare front and center as the leading issue in the 2012 campaign. In a real sense it makes the 2012 campaign a carbon copy of the 2010 campaign — and we all know how that turned out.”
In the short term that could give the president the edge as voters support him because the law has been ruled constitutional, but by the time November rolls around he predicted the fundamental economics of the law will lead to its rejection by a very large majority. The Supreme Court did not let Obama off the hook. By the time the election comes around, it could be lethal if the Romney campaign and his PACS can provide the right arguments to label Obama and the Democrats on the “tax” provision of ObamaCare — a provision that was constantly denied by Obama and his minions. This is the largest tax increase on the middle class and this issue has to be hammered into the brains of the voters from now until November. For a family earning $30,000 per year they will have to pay $2,080 per year for ObamaCare by 2016. This represents a tax increase of 7% of their income for a family that will no longer be receiving tax-free health insurance from their employer. That point must be driven home over and over again.
You can read a full list of new taxes imposed on the American taxpayer by Robert’s ruling by clicking here.
The decision makes ObamaCare a tax increase that falls primarily on young people and poor people who can’t afford it. With the Medicaid provisions struck down, government will not be there to help middle and low-income families who have to pay a huge percentage of their income for insurance or pay a large fine.
Seniors will also see the effect it will have on them by gutting Medicare and placing their health in the hands of government bureaucrats. Employers will begin cancelling tax-free health care benefits for their employees and giving them money to purchase their own health insurance and if they don’t they will pay a tax with penalties and interest. This tax could be as much a 7 or 8 percent or they would be forced to pay a fine. Wait until that happens.
The Supreme Court ruling upholding ObamaCare keeps the country on the path to socialism but may have done conservatives and Republicans a favor as the nation looks to the elections in the fall.
In many ways, if you really think about it, the Supreme Court might have done the conservatives and the Republicans a favor because they kept them alive now as the issue for the presidential campaign. And it’s an issue as a tax. So being an issue of a tax, it is something that could be attacked from those on the right, conservatives who want to lower our taxes and create jobs. As compared to those on left who want to raise our taxes and kill the job market.
So it’s important, if we really look at maybe, like Little Jack Horner, the plum in this whole thing is that it becomes the defining issue for the presidential election and makes it more important that we work harder to make sure that we replace the Senate, we replace the President of the United States and then the Congress has the complete power and the president to be able to repeal ObamaCare and have that signed by the President of the United States of America because now it has become a tax issue. This issue when tied to jobs could be a boost to Republicans across this country because the ruling keeps the issue alive for the fall and makes it imperative for the GOP to take not just the White House but the Senate. The country is on the path toward socialism and the 5-4 decision keeps the nation on that road.
ObamaCare was the biggest issue driving the Tea Party in 2010. The efforts of the Tea Party brought 67 Republicans to the House and almost 700 to various state legislators, along with several governors.
Within hours of the Supreme Court’s decision I received an e-mail from the Tea Party stating:
Today we had hoped that the Supreme Court would side with the constitution and strike down Obamacare but the court put the ball back in our court. The stakes were just raised in every federal election in the country.
If you are sick and tired of the lawless arrogance of the federal government you need to recommit to doing everything you can between now and the election. This election now remains our last opportunity to prevent the takeover of everything related to healthcare, you know, everything.
Don't let the Supreme Court decision discourage you, as one of our founding fathers John Paul Jones once said "We Have Not Yet Begun To Fight"!!
Since 70% of Americans are against Obamcare this will energize the voting population to vote out Obama and big government leftists in Congress and vote in common sense conservatives.
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The Supreme Court has been wrong before. Just look at Dred Scott v. Sandford, Plessy v. Ferguson, Korematsu v. United States and Wickard v. Filburn. In fact Wickard may have been tossed into the trash by today’s ruling on the Commerce Clause, if so that is a positive outcome.
On the legal front Former Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum, a leading figure in the legal challenge to ObamaCare, said he is “disappointed and shocked” that Chief Justice John Roberts voted to uphold the individual mandate provision in the healthcare reform bill.
But he predicts that the debate over healthcare reform “has just begun” and will heat up in the wake of the Supreme Court decision.
McCollum was the lead attorney general in the lawsuit to overturn ObamaCare, arguing that the individual mandate is unconstitutional. His lawsuit was backed by 26 other states. In an exclusive interview with Newsmax, McCollum said:
“I am disappointed and shocked that Chief Justice Roberts chose to consider the individual mandate to be a tax. The states had argued, and I believe correctly, that you could not consider this a tax because it would be a direct tax, and under the Constitution it can’t be that, and he did a very contrived argument to come up with a conclusion that you could consider it a tax without having a constitutional amendment.
“He did however do one thing that was very positive. He ruled that the Commerce Clause could not be expanded to require individuals to purchase a product or service when there is no activity, when you’re not engaged in commerce — the thrust of our principal argument. He found a way to uphold the constitutionality of this law without dissecting it with this contrived method of calling it a tax.”
The high court’s ruling put some limits on the law's plan to expand the Medicaid insurance program for the poor, a joint effort of the federal government and states. It says the U.S. government cannot threaten to withhold a state's entire Medicaid allotment if it doesn't participate in the expansion.
“There is a small victory in this for the states in the Medicaid portion,” McCollum states.
“We brought this. It was the only suit that questioned Medicaid. We thought it was coercive. [Roberts] said it was too but his conclusion in this is that he can just excise the provision, which he did, declaring it unconstitutional that if the states do not accept the Medicaid provision that they will be penalized by not being able to receive any of their existing Medicaid benefits.
“Now they’re going to have that choice, so we’ll have to see how that works out. I suspect many states will not be able to afford, or feel they can, the constraints in the new Medicaid provisions. They will reject them, they won’t accept them, and that may be very destructive to the main thrust of this legislation.
“It’s a very narrow ruling but it did rule in favor of the states on that point.”
Looking ahead, McCollum tells Newsmax the court ruling is “going to make [healthcare] a very big debate in this fall’s election and who becomes president and who the U.S. senators and Congress are going to be.”
Democrats who were looking forward to using job creation, Bain Capital, immigration, and the killing of bin Laden in this year’s election will now have to stand and defend ObamaCare and the largest middle-class tax increase in our nation’s history, something they thought they would not have to do has SCOTUS ruled against ObamaCare.
What we found out today is that you can’t count on the court; you can’t count on Congress, all you can do is count on ourselves. And we have to work hard, harder at being engaged so that we truly replace those people in the House, in the Senate that want to stay on the path to socialism.
The only way we’re going to get off that path is we have to take ourselves off that path by becoming more engaged and electing people who believe in capitalism, not socialism.”