Obamacare: Courting Disaster

“It’s not often that a president’s most vocal critic comes from his own family, but I believe the inviolable oath I took to my patients demands that I oppose ObamaCare…I’m proud to call Barack Obama my cousin but my oath is to my patients and my loyalty is to liberty. You cannot choose your family but you can choose to stop them from tearing down the finest health care system in the world and turning America into a European-style social welfare state.—Dr. Milton R. Wolf, My Cousin Barack Obama and Our ObamaCare Family Feud

At least there’s one member of the Obama clan that takes his oaths seriously. And while Dr. Wolf’s flexible cuz was in Seoul plotting unilateral disarmament with the Russians this week, his Affordable Care Act, that unaffordable, unpopular, and unconstitutional piece of socialist dreck, was at long last dragged kicking and screaming before the High Court, where its dubious legality was ineptly argued by Stuttering John, the Solicitor General, who discovered to his perhaps lasting dismay that defending the indefensible is no easy task:

In response to U.S. Solicitor General Donald Verrilli describing fines imposed under President Obama’s health care law as a “tax,” Wisconsin Republican Rep. Paul Ryan pointed out that Obama’s own budget director does not agree.

“The president’s budget director [Jeffrey Zients] himself told us about a month ago in testimony that it is not a tax.” (The Daily Caller)

But if the individual mandate is not a tax, then why does the Internal Revenue Service need an additional 4,000 tax collectors and a extra $303 million in order to oversee the program?

It’s not a tax whenever you don’t want it to be, and it is when you do. That’s the administration’s argument! And that’s what the NYT…calls “potential tension.” (Cue the comments: This is why people hate lawyers.)  (Althouse)

Obama’s shell game shouldn’t fool anyone, let alone a Supreme Court justice—but this is Washington, after all, where half of the black robed personages listening to this undercooked malarkey are normally all too willing to haul the Constitution to the dumpster in order to replace it with an unpalatable concoction of their own:

With our Constitutional freedoms so clearly at risk, you’d think that this would be a slam dunk nine-to-zero ruling for the court. But instead, the expectation is that four Justices will vote for Obamacare, four Justices will vote against it, and just one “swing” Justice, Anthony Kennedy, may ultimately be the sole person to determine the future of our country and the citizenry’s relationship to Washington’s new progressive overlords.

That, in and of itself, is a terrifying proposition.

As is this fact: if the Obama team wins its case, then the members of the Supreme Court can pack their bags and toddle home for the last time. Because their only job is to interpret the Constitution… and the Constitution will be no more. (Hope n’ Change Cartoons: You Can’t Hurry Law)

As Obama’s conservative cousin reminds us:

[...] Obamacare was forced upon America by 219 congressmen, 60 senators and one president.

For America to be safe from future would-be authoritarians, their political careers must end. Politically speaking, we should level their cities and salt their fields so that when future generations look upon the barren wastelands that once were promising political careers, it will be a timeless reminder that Americans simply will not tolerate the betrayal of their will.

We elected the wrong member of the family.

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About Bob Mack

Retired since 2003. Military Service: U.S. Army, 36th Artillery Group, Babenhausen, Germany 1966-67; 1st Signal Brigade, Republic of Vietnam, 1967-68 Attended University of Miami, 1969-73
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12 Responses to Obamacare: Courting Disaster

  1. Bob Mack says:

    This is a man who needs to be retired:

    During oral arguments in the Supreme Court this week, Justice Stephen Breyer posed and answered the core question at issue in the controversy over the constitutionality of Obamacare’s mandate that individual Americans must buy government-approved health insurance policies: Can Congress order individuals to buy a good or service?

    “Yes, of course they could,” said Breyer.

    In the history of the nation, according to the Congressional Budget Office, the federal government has never done this.

    And here’s an ethically challenged woman who should have recused herself but didn’t:

    Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan defended the expansion of Medicaid under Obamacare today by arguing that “It’s just a boatload of federal money for you to take and spend” and concluding “It doesn’t sound coercive to me.”

    That boatload of “federal money”, of course, was stolen from you and me.

  2. Nice catch on the cousin, Bob. I agree with your point that if Obamacare is upheld, the constitution is forever meaningless. It is scary that one political appointee has the power to end the American dream.

  3. coffeeandsleeplessnights says:
  4. Excellent piece! Our founders worked real hard at establishing a a limited government to prevent this very thing from happening. A couple hundred years later, a sizable portion of our population has forgotten that. I blogged on this topic just this week. Thanks.

    Jeff Metz
    http://www.mostly-right.com

    • Bob Mack says:

      Thanks, JEFF. From CNS – Liberals Prepare To Vilify The Supreme Court If They Don’t Get Their Way:

      Despite their earlier confident pronouncements that Obamacare was on extremely sound legal footing, liberals are starting to finally realize that the medical system law which Democrats shoved through the Congress in a purely partisan fashion has a very good chance of being thrown out by the Supreme Court. That realization is giving birth to a new plan, attacking anyone who disagrees.

      • AFVET says:

        The golden ring is within their grasp.
        The golden one that they have stroked and groomed is in power, and has the opportunity to provide us with the result we have so desired for so many years.
        A liberal dictator, one who dismisses capitalism.
        One who behind the scenes using the connections he has made over the years colludes with crooks and other nefarious individuals to maintain a squeaky clean facade to get elected by the ignorant fools that did not vet him in the first place.
        The people that refused to vet him still sit in congress.

        I see treason, don’t you ?

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