Politics Explained: The Obamacare Ruling

With the Supreme Court ruling almost entirely in favor of the Affordable Care Act (commonly known as Obamacare), there has been a lot of talk on both sides of the aisle on what exactly that means. To prime the discussion, I would like you to watch a clip from Candidate Barack Obama four years ago.

If you decided not to watch it, basically it is Candidate Obama promising not to raise taxes at all on the middle class. After he was President Obama, he was interviewed about Obamacare and questioned about whether or not it was in fact a tax increase on the middle class. This clip is a little bit longer, but worth it if you have time to watch it. When confronted on whether or not this is a tax he said, “absolutely not.” There are penalties he says, but it is all fair. What the President didn’t want to admit was, no matter how justifiable you think it is, it is still a tax.

Today, the Supreme Court confirmed that. I will not go too much in depth in analyzing the Court’s decision except for those parts relevant to the Campaign season in front of us. For more details about the ruling itself, here is a nice breakdown.

The Solicitor General (the Government’s lawyer) tried to make the argument that Congress has the right to force people to buy health insurance because of the Congressional duty to regulate interstate commerce. Today the Supreme Court in essence said, “Well, no, this doesn’t really count as interstate commerce, but this is a tax, and Congress can tax…so fine…keep your mandate, but you have to call it a tax.” Now doesn’t that make Obama feel a little silly?

What does that mean politically? Well the GOP now has just the ammo they need to call Obama a “tax-and-spend” president, and the Democrats have what they feel is validation from the Court. Even in Obama’s brief remarks following the decision, he said something to the effect of, “Now let me be clear, we see today that the Court stands with us in saying this is something the country needs.” No Mr. President, that comment could not be any farther from the truth.

Chief Justice Roberts, writing the Majority Opinion said, “We do not consider whether the Act embodies sound policies. That judgment is entrusted to the Nation’s elected leaders. We ask only whether Congress has the power under the Constitution to enact the challenged provisions.” That is key to remember when thinking about this. The Court did not put it’s stamp of approval on the legislation. I think that Mitt Romney sums it up best when he said today: “What the Court did not do on its last day in session I will do on my first day if elected President of the United States. And that is I will act to repeal Obamacare….Obamacare was bad policy yesterday. It’s bad policy today. Obamacare was bad law yesterday. It’s bad law today.” Constitutional or not, it’s “bad policy”

I predict that this outcome gives Romney more of a boost than if the Court simply threw out the bill as unconstitutional. First off, the democrats can not turn Obamacare into a martyr appreciated more after it’s demise. Even more, I say this because more scrutiny will be brought back to the harmful bill and it will finally be revealed for what it really is, a tax on the middle class.

In Obama’s address today, he talked about what Obamacare means for America. It means that Health Insurance companies are put under Congress’s control. The policies that have made health insurance a profitable business are being outlawed and thrown out. This means that they are going to lose money and normally that would lead to an increase in premiums for policy holders. But no, we can’t have that. We can’t have big bad businesses raising costs on people, so instead we’ll put the Health Insurance companies on life support and then prop them up with government spending. Oh good, so the government will pay for it. I’m sure glad that I don’t have to pay…Oh wait…where does the government get it’s money from? Oh yeah…me.

I can’t seem to find a link for Obama’s remarks, but I really wish you could hear them and hear just what Obama plans on doing to our country.

But like I said, this is not going to end well for Obama and he knows it. At the end of his address, he tried to say we have bigger problems like the economy. Though I agree with the President, when Obama tries to distract from something towards the economy, you know he’s in bad shape. And not only does Obama see it, but we all do. Evidence of this can be seen in the surge of donations to the Romney campaign since the verdict was delivered. In the four hours since the verdict was delivered, the Romney campaign has raised over $1.5 million from over 13,500 donors; all of that in the name of repealing Obamacare. By the end of the day, the Romney camp over doubled that number to $3.2 million

I joined the ranks of those 13,500+ with my small donation, and if you want to send the President a message by supporting Mitt, click this convenient link.

So, though Republicans lost the battle today on getting rid of this harmful policy, it will put them on track to winning the war and getting rid of it in its entirety.

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3 thoughts on “Politics Explained: The Obamacare Ruling

  1. Your analysis of “what Obamacare means for America” is grossly inaccurate. You should read the actual legislation.

    Also, you, yourself have coverage thanks to this law. Only a fool lashes out against the hand that feeds.

    • Ian, I appreciate your respectful non-confrontational tone.

      But I’ve got to say, that my information is coming from POTUS’s mouth. Obamacare equals government control of the health care system, it’s as simple as that. He said it himself in his remarks today that the government is restructuring how health insurance companies do business. How does one expect that to happen without negative consequences on the economy. If doing things Obama’s way was really going to be profitable for them, don’t you think that they would have done that a long time ago?

      But, so we don’t care about Health Insurance companies. Because companies aren’t people, just greedy entities out to take advantage of us. The people who have jobs because of it, well…consider them collateral damage, a worthy loss for the cause of social justice.

      And ya, I’m lashing out at the hand that feeds me, because I don’t want what it’s giving me. Because what is it giving me really besides more taxes in the future. So my policies will be changed to cover more things, cool. But what if I didn’t want that. What if I don’t want to pay for things that I don’t want? Did you know that there Hare Krishna followers who don’t have health insurance as a sign of faith to God. Ya you’re right, that’s ridiculous, let’s tax them to make them pay anyway. Try practicing your religion now supporters of Hare Krishna! HA… And Catholics…What was that? It’s against your beliefs to use any form of contraception and you would prefer not to be forced to provide that for other people for fear of it damaging their eternal soul? Oh, I’m sorry, here’s a tax for not complying. I don’t know if you’ve heard Catholic Church, but some things simply take precedent over religions freedoms. Don’t like it? Get on a boat and settle a new country…o wait…

      You see. There is so much more to this then providing health care. I want people to be accountable, I want people to be insured, but you just can’t take away people’s freedoms like this. We already have a program that helps under privileged citizens. It’s called Medicaid. Let’s work to improve the system. Let’s do what Obama suggested and let the States form their own policies, but keep the federal government out of it. Just trust me enough to be able to live my life without the government dictating my choices

    • “Only a fool lashes out at the hand that feeds?” Really? So, according to you, my policy judgments can be bought with other people’s money, and if I don’t go along, that makes me a fool. Well, my friend, it is possible to understand and evaluate law and policy in terms of broad and overarching concepts of public good irrespective of whether one imagines that he or she enjoys and immediate benefit. You would not understand that, of course, because you don’t really think about things.

      I like the part about reading the actual legislation, though. All 2,000 pages of it, I guess. You’re claiming to have done that yourself, are you?

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