Skip to comments.Obama Should Blame Himself, Not The Court (Right On)
Posted on 05/27/2012 7:30:55 AM PDT by Kaslin
Sometime in the next month, the United States Supreme Court will rule on the constitutionality of Obama's individual mandate, the provision forcing everyone in the United States to buy health insurance. Based on how badly this provision was defeated in the oral arguments, it will likely be struck down as unconstitutional. If the law's most popular provision, the ban on excluding pre-existing conditions, is also struck down, Obama has nobody to blame but himself.
Obama campaigned against the individual mandate. In fact, it's the issue he won the nomination on. Obama said four years ago: "The main difference between my plan and Senator Clinton's plan is that she'd require the government to force you to buy health insurance." He even ran attack ads bashing Clinton on the issue.
Once Obama was in the White House, though, his tune changed. The mandate became the centerpiece of a corrupt deal that Obama cut with the insurance industry - in brief, the insurance industry agreed to accept the ban on excluding pre-existing conditions and several other expensive, onerous regulations in exchange for a mandate forcing everyone to buy their product, and hundreds of billions of dollars of subsidies to further sweeten the pot.
Ron Suskind, who was granted insider access to the White House, explained that Obama made the deal even though "Obama, never much for the mandate, was concerned about legal challenges."
He should have been more than concerned. He should have upheld his sworn oath to the Constitution and said no to any deal that relied on an unconstitutional mandate.
The oral arguments before the Supreme Court showed this wasn't a close call. Even liberal commentators acknowledged it was a blowout. Jeffrey Toobin of CNN said it "was a train wreck for the Obama administration," and Andy Serwer of far-left Mother Jones magazine added "Solicitor General Donald B. Verrilli Jr. should be grateful to the Supreme Court for refusing to allow cameras in the courtroom, because his defense of Obamacare on Tuesday may go down as one of the most spectacular flameouts in the history of the court."
It wasn't Verrilli's fault. Obama was making him defend the indefensible. A federal government with the power to order citizens to purchase politically-favored goods and services is a government of unlimited, unchecked powers-a government the Constitution exists to prevent.
If the ban on pre-existing condition exclusions falls with the mandate, as is likely, that will also be Obama's fault. The administration's brief to the Supreme Court argued that the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta "was incorrect" to let the pre-existing ban stay in effect. Without the mandate, the Obama administration argued, the pre-existing ban has to go.
Unfortunately, they are right. There is no way to solve the pre-existing condition problem through economically destructive regulations - even if you try to pay-off the insurance companies with an unconstitutional mandate. Without the mandate, as Obama acknowledged, the pre-existing ban would put most insurance companies out of business.
If the Court, as expected, rejects Obama's unconstitutional mandate and the pre-existing condition ban he tied to it, he'll have nobody to blame but himself. His whole corrupt approach was a dead-end, and he knew it.
There are other things he could do to himself, too.
So, you force insurance companies out of business by outlawing the ability to assess risk.
Look what he wants is a pool for paying health care bills with some people contributing nothing and others contributing double or triple. That is not insurance.
There are so many things wrong with the health care financing bill (what it really is). Good people are simply going to decide to approach health care the same way as the pioneers........ya gotta die from something.
“A federal government with the power to order citizens to purchase ... is a government of unlimited, unchecked powers-a government the Constitution exists to prevent.”
Can’t be said enough.
This is like the debate about brown acid and green acid.
This is typical democrate narcissist legislation.
People are ready to work, but they only want the “work for the fruitcake worship” legislation of Obama.
Obama truly is their “man”
Liberals disgust me.
She never imagined that she would be beaten by a male, black, white racist with absolutely no experience in any government category....
For him to get Obamacare passed...was another slap in the face for Hillary...AND "white" WOMEN IN POLITICS.
That's why he plays the government mandated "right to contraceptives" and "right to abortions"....so that women IN GENERAL don't catch on.
Same MO for the gay cr** coming out of this administration.
I'm absolutely disgusted.
Obamacare is clearly unconstitutional. Those on the court that rules differently are hard core socialists/communists. Communists judges are all over America and rule as they please.
He didn’t get it passed. He and the rats shoved it down our throats against the people’s wishes
Of course it is. Anyone who has just a little understanding of the Constitution could see it
Now then— It remains for us to remember who voted for that monstrosity and to vote them out of office.
Folks, it’s either that or hang ‘em, and while a short rope and a long drop might be justice, it ain’t civilized.
Heavily aided and abetted by Nanzi Pelousy.
After the SCOTUS CFR debacle I am not counting on the court to take down Obama Care
I am very nervous about the coming decision
On a purely partisan vote. The bipartisan support was against Obamacare. The dems would be apoplectic if the R's did anything like this without their advice, consent and votes.
They sure would be
I despise and loath liberals
Same thing they did to the banks and high risk mortgages - forced them to make high risk loans to unqualified people but gave them the out through the derivitives market. A house of cards.