By Brett Stuart - 07/02/12 10:13 PM EDT
Roberts really gave the president something to stay busy with for the next four years and in doing so likely saved his court from a lot of hassles of appearing biased, allowing it to get down to business. Consider that most Americans recognize this law to be bad and that one way or another, rates for healthcare are actually going to cost us all more. Now the poor will have to pay a tax to be uninsured. Everyone will be required to pay into a system that is priced based on insurance costs to doctors — not based on prices. Roberts said in his brief that this is not constitutional in any way except as a tax, so today, let’s call it a tax.
Do you know anyone that has actually read the healthcare law? The true cost of the bill is likely to leave the United States short of doctors and force many Americans to travel abroad to places like Thailand to buy drugs for health. Roberts can sit back and laugh, secure in knowing that he has outmaneuvered a master politician and extracted his court unscathed. At least the United States has a good chief justice. Heed his advice: His decision clearly means be careful whom you vote for — this justice will let you live with the results. It’s perhaps the best thing a court has done for democracy and the Constitution in a long time.
Negatives of Obama’s healthcare law ignored
From Arthur Laramee
The Supreme Court’s chief justice, if he were in a college freshman class on logic, would fail the course, along with President Obama, Nancy Pelosi and Harry ReidHarry ReidNo GOP leaders attending Shimon Peres funeral Overnight Regulation: Feds finalize rule expanding sick leave Anti-trade senators say chamber would be crazy to pass TPP MORE. Using this tortured logic, instead of regulating everything in our lives using the Commerce Clause, now our government can regulate everything in our lives through executive orders and penalty taxes.
While the national narrative on ObamaCare has swirled around the benefits that appeal to some, the negatives have been ignored: the at least 159 new agencies plus boards and commissions that require staffing, payroll and benefits and that will write thousands of regulations to control our healthcare; the 16,000 new IRS agents who will invade our lives to collect detailed information about us; the 18 tax increases and six new taxes that will suck private sector money into the public sector spending binge; the ability to force private industry and religious institutions to offer products and services that they do not want to offer.
Welcome to a brave new world. Welcome to Obama’s hope and change. Welcome to Obama’s fundamental change in America. And thank you, John Roberts, for your help.
Supreme Court opinion ushers in new normal
From Denny Freidenrich
The Supreme Court’s ruling on ObamaCare is just one of the many unpopular decisions it has handed down over time. Beginning with Marbury v. Madison in 1803 and Dred Scott v. Sanford in 1857, or Brown v. Board of Education in 1954 and United States v. Nixon in 1974, the current justices have, once again, weathered tremendous public pressure. Despite the dire warnings of newspaper editors in their day, and social media pundits today, no Supreme Court ruling has resulted in the downfall of the republic. We still will be a nation of laws, not to mention the greatest nation on Earth. It’s time to take a collective breath, people. The Supreme Court has ruled. There is a new American normal now.
Laguna Beach, Calif.
Government-run care necessary for Americans
According to Pew Research, 59 percent of the public is wary of government-run healthcare. For those who have parents or grandparents on Medicare, think about who would be picking up those medical bills for the old folks were it not for well-run government-administered healthcare program from, yes, the government. For those citizens who are not millionaires and probably won’t be in the future, no matter what lies your elected officials tell you, this lifeline for health and extended life would be sorely missed if not for government-run healthcare.
Boca Raton, Fla.