America After ObamaCare

Alan W. Dowd writes on defense and security.


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It’s interesting that the Supreme Court’s final decisions from last week—the blockbuster healthcare-law decision and the lesser-noticed decision on the Stolen Valor Act—deal with lies. In throwing out the Stolen Valor Act, the Court basically said it’s OK to lie about being a decorated military hero. The decision is regrettable, but we can take some solace in knowing that it will affect only a tiny fraction of the country’s 313 million residents. The ruling on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is quite another matter. In upholding the ACA, the Court aided Congress and the White House in perpetrating a fraud on the American people. Think about it: Only by labeling the law’s individual mandate a “penalty” rather than a “tax” were the ACA’s supporters able to find enough votes to pass the bill—and just barely at that. But only by redefining the “penalty” as what it always was—a “tax”—was the Court’s majority able to salvage the law. In short, the High Court basically said it’s OK for Congress and the White House to lie in order to move unpopular legislation.

Whether this awakens some silent majority committed to liberty and the rule of law or throws open the doors to President Obama’s “L’état, c’est moi” form of government, we will not know until November 6.

What we do know is that the ACA, with all its tendrils and tentacles, lives. The Court had a chance—some would say a duty—to kill it and instead protected it by offering a new rationale for it.

Some observers—grasping, scrambling, struggling to make the most of this anti-liberty decision—have argued that Chief Justice John Roberts’ majority opinion was actually a poison pill for the ACA. “Members of this Court are vested with the authority to interpret the law; we possess neither the expertise nor the prerogative to make policy judgments,” he wrote. “Those decisions are entrusted to our nation´s elected leaders, who can be thrown out of office if the people disagree with them. It is not our job to protect the people from the consequences of their political choices.”

Contortionist conservatives point to this paragraph as evidence of Roberts’ real intention: to force the issue back into the political process and to challenge conservatives to make the case in this year’s presidential and congressional elections.

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  • H&R_ Barack

    The Supreme Court & Obama Lies – Patients Die.

    OBAMACARE: Where Hearse & Nurse are relative terms.

    Why else would Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, John Boehner, and Mitch McConnell exempt themselves from the LAWs they pass for the plebs?

    • stevefraser

      Will the GOP use this against Ocare?…Nope.

  • Bud Macfarlan

    Roberts flubbed Obamas swearing in on the Bible.
    Roberts opens the door to swearing in a Dhimmi Tax for Obama.
    Nothing is a coincidence.

  • Long Ben

    The way John Roberts jumped through his arse to uphold OBAMACARE! , one can not help but wonder , was he perhaps made aware that his was one of those raw FBI files that Clinton thug Craig Livingstone illegally obtained and databased ?

    • Jim_C

      Roberts ruled in a way completely consistent with his previous rulings.

  • Bill_H

    Obamacare should be renamed Commie-care, and history has demonstrated many times that Commies don't give a dam about anybody but themselves.

    • Jim_C

      Obamacare is barely even socialized, much less "commie." It barely scratches the surface of the type of healthcare every other advanced, industrialized nation has.

  • jppc

    Personally, I think it's too late. The firewall of the Constitution has been breached. We are not free men anymore; we are merely subjects whose lives are planned and controlled by Father Federal Government.

    Nearly all of Wash DC and the institutions of society are run by left-liberals. Time to wave the white flag.

  • mrbean

    The United States Supreme Court made a horrible decision on repealing the Stolen Valor Act which deals with penalties for lies. In throwing out the Stolen Valor Act, the Supreme Court basically said it’s OK to openly lie about being in a theater of combat, or being a decorated military hero with the Medal of Honor, Navy Cross, etc.., or a colonel even if you were only a private, or for that matter being in the military when you were never in at all. So I guess alot of real heroes died face down in the mud so the wannabe phonies could be the wannabe phonies they are. Between the nullication of the Arizona law illegal alien hiring on the bases of "potential not actual" racial profiling, the 5 – 4 upholding of the unconstitutional Obamacare on the basis that a fine is a tax is an ultimate stretch, these are troubled times indeed.

  • WilliamJamesWard

    America after Obama will be Amexistan and penniles, the damage being done brings us to
    the end of prosperity, freedom and the potential of good in our futue. Hopey, changey, dopey
    financial death by way of misuse of government funds, misuse being outright theft and fraud
    is Obamanism at it's high mark in destroying America. His administration is doing the unthinkable
    and that makes it hard for everyday people to understand how events will take them to ruin.

    Who is supposed to be watching out for American tax payers, the Congress, what a horrible thought.
    If we do not vote in a new government in November and take serious action to restore safeguards
    to our wealth we will be as a Nation, seriously over…………………………..William

  • Ronald Johnston

    America is not gone!!!! There are still some of us who will have to be buried before these evil muslims can take over!!!!

  • Jim_C

    I must say I do look forward to Mitt Romney's inevitable contortions when he tries to explain what he doesn't like about the ACA. Aside from helping create the model for the ACA in Massachussetts, he has already essentially said he likes everything about it except the paying-for-it part. And all Obama has to do is simply play clips of Mitt selling and defending the structure of the ACA.

    • stevefraser

      Why can't Mitt say " I tried it and it didn't work". He has an even more powerful case than if he never did RomneyCare.

  • HPD

    It MAY not be Justice Roberts job to save US from our political decisions, but it IS his job to save the US CONSTITUTION from those who would defile it.

    That would be Obama the smiling marxist…