Obamacare ruling not so bad…and other thoughts
posted by Tom Patterson
at 29 June, 9:12 AM 0
Is anybody else fed up with the way the US Supreme Court stage manages their decisions?
The elaborate build-up, the lengthy delay, the breathless suspense reinforced by strict confidentiality while the whole world breathlessly waits for the word coming down from the mount. Sure, we get it, they’re the most important people on the planet and can do whatever they please without fear of consequences. Couldn’t they just act more like judges, less like rock stars?
All the attention over the Obamacare decision has focused on Roberts, who came to a curious decision but at least attempted some judicial coherence. That’s more than you can say for the four lefties are absolutely rock-solid in their defense of significant left-wing policies, regardless of legal principles. The chances that Ginsburg or Kagan would carefully consider the arguments and rule the mandate unconstitutional were nonexistent from day one. But the ruling may not be such a bad thing.
Arizona escaped being frog marched into fiscal disaster over unmanageable Medicaid costs. And the whole issue of Obamacare versus something else is fully teed up for the election. Obama totally owns his signature issue and will have to defend it rather than being able to divert to never ending discussions about whether it could survive without a mandate, how to rescue the “best parts”, etc. The argument about whether Obamacare raises taxes is over.
And the discussion will be carried on against the backdrop of Eurozone states that are in death throes from the very welfare state initiatives that Obama argues won’t be a problem for us. Should be interesting.
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