If Chief Justice John Roberts actually possessed the intestinal fortitude and courage of his convictions, then the Affordable Care Act in its entirety would have been relegated to the ash heap of history. In a 5-4 ruling, the Supreme Court voted to uphold the Affordable Care Act, and with it the most controversial part, the individual mandate.
Even though Chief Justice John Roberts admitted in his opinion that the individual mandate was unconstitutional, he upheld the law anyway. In writing the majority opinion, John Roberts justified his vote by saying this, “Although the individual mandate component of this act is unconstitutional under the Commerce Clause; it could be construed as a tax and therefore rendered valid under Congress’s authority to lay and collect taxes.”
This statement could prove very troublesome to Democrats and the President as they have said unequivocally that the individual mandate was not a tax.
By upholding this legislation, the Supreme Court for the very first time in our nation’s history ruled in favor of giving the Federal Government the power to fine us if we did not buy a product, in this case health insurance. This monumental decision gives the Federal Government unprecedented power over all of our lives.
As a result of this historic decision, the patient-doctor relationship as we know it will forever be changed due to the fact that this legislation interferes with the privacy of that relationship. Additionally, according to the Congressional Budget Office there are a minimum of 21 new taxes that the American people will have to incur; not to mention the fact that it takes over 1/5th of the entire US economy.
Lastly, this legislation could literally open up a Pandora’s Box of new oppressive legislation that the Radical Left would love to pass to strip away more of our freedoms. Democrats now feel vindicated by the high court’s decision, and will be much more aggressive trying to pass their agenda. In fact within only a few hours of the decision some Democrats were already talking about changing the bill to include a one payer system.
Perhaps the most disappointing element in the entire battle over the Affordable Care Act is that it was dead on arrival as recent as a few days before the final verdict was revealed.
There are many reports that say initially that Chief Justice John Roberts sided with the Conservatives on the court in striking down the Affordable Care Act. According to numerous reports, one being CBS Political Correspondent Jan Crawford, John Roberts may have switched his vote only days before the release of the court’s decision. His decision to switch so late in the game was probably due to numerous factors.
One factor that may have lead him to switch was the perceived perception of the court. The Leftist media in the run up to the vote ran numerous stories of how this is one of the most conservative supreme courts in history. All the media could talk about is how the court has a chance to show judicial restraint by not overstepping congress in a historic vote by a historic president.
Translation: Even though the bill is bad medicine, (no pun intended) don’t be a racist by shooting down the first black President’s signature piece of legislation.
The media knew that this was going to be a 5-4 decision either in favor or against the law. They knew if they could just get one justice to flip that they could uphold the law and prop up the President. The only thing most of them got wrong was which justice they should target.
Most pundits, including yours truly, thought that the most moveable piece of the chess game was Justice Anthony Kennedy. His past decisions showed that he was the most likely candidate that could be persuaded over to the dark side and vote with the Liberals on the court as he has done so many times in the past. Most of us were wrong. John Roberts, not Anthony Kennedy turned out to be that weakest link.
Another reason for John Roberts’s sudden change of heart was probably due to the President himself. In true Alinsky fashion, the President used scare tactics and intimidation techniques to frighten the court into upholding the law. In April the President said this, “I am confident that the Supreme Court would not take what would be an unprecedented and extraordinary step of overturning a law that was passed by a strong majority of a democratically elected congress.”
If Barack Obama somehow manages to win re-election this November, then June 28th, 2012 is a day that will live in infamy forever. This will forever be known as the day in our nation’s history that marked the turning point from a free and prosperous country, to one of oppressive government regulations and economic slavery.
No longer will an individual’s civil liberties be respected and affirmed. We will become a government centered nation, much like the Socialist Countries of Eastern Europe. The Federal Government will grow so large that its tentacles will become intertwined like never before in each of our lives.
We have all seen the futuristic apocalyptic Hollywood blockbuster disaster movies, except this time it won’t be a movie it will unfortunately be real. This is what could happen if judges like John Roberts look for loop holes or justifications to rule outside of the confines of the world’s greatest document, the US Constitution.
The reality is that this toilet paper of a bill must be repealed. The only way it can happen is if Republicans pull a tri-fecta. Mitt Romney must win the Presidency, Republicans must win back control of the Senate, and the House Republicans must keep their majority. If all three of these things can happen, then the Affordable Care Act as we know it will become nothing but a bad memory.
As Americans, we are a passionate people. We are a generous lot and most of us give to the less fortunate in society. There is no question that the health care industry in this country needs reform, however the government is not the solution.
There are 4 steps we can take that would lower health care costs dramatically.
The first step and the most important one is to repeal the Affordable Care Act in its entirety.
The second step would be to cover pre-existing conditions but subsidize private insurance companies and health care providers with huge tax breaks and financial incentives to off set the losses that these companies will incur by providing coverage for all of the insured.
The third step we can take is to curb medical malpractice lawsuits by going to a “loser pays” system. If you sue a doctor for medical malpractice you better be able to prove it, otherwise that doctor or health care provider should be able to file a counter suit against you. This would enrage ambulance chasing lawyers everywhere, but it would also lower premiums for everyone, including doctors.
The fourth step we should take is to allow insurance to be purchased over state lines. If you had a more competitive market for insurance, naturally the cost of the premiums would go down.
If we follow these simple steps we can all have health insurance that is the best in the world and affordable. There are many different elements that would most likely get in the way of these common sense solutions namely the government, however giving up and just accepting government run health care is not an option.