Obamacare unexpectedly wins and America-at-large loses
Richard G. Carter | 10/12/2012, 4:17 p.m.
"What is up with Chief Justice Roberts? First he agreed with Obama that Arizona's illegal immigration law was unconstitutional. Now he sides with leftists on the court in deciding that the individual mandate is a tax. Is he trying to apologize to Obama for messing up his inauguration?"
"In 2009, Obama swore that the penalty for not purchasing health care wasn't a tax, even though we all knew it was. Now the Supreme Court has ruled that it is a tax. So the land's highest court has ruled that Obama is a liar. If we re-elect Obama in November, then P.T. Barnum was right. There's a sucker born every minute."
Roberts' mind-boggling change of heart after overturning Obamacare with the court's conservative bloc in an earlier test vote apparently stems from fearing the wrath of liberal news pundits. Roberts was worried about media hostility toward the court and how he would be portrayed in influential newspapers and on left-wing TV news shows if Obamacare went down 5-4. You know, the power of the press. Ugh!
But in another example of how unpopular Obamacare is throughout the land, the Republican governors of 11 states say they will not implement key provisions of the law. Included are Iowa, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, South Carolina, Texas and Wisconsin.
Finally, on July 11, the Republican-controlled House of Representatives--including five Democrats--again acted to repeal Obamacare in its entirety. The 274-185 vote was primarily a demonstration of dissatisfaction with the law, and there is no chance the Democrat-controlled Senate will go along. So the unpopular law survives--for now.
Bottom line: I can't go along with anyone forcing me to do something against my will. That includes telling me what I must spend my money on--whether it's health insurance or a new car--especially not the government. Not in this life. How about you? And that's the name of that tune.