Skip to comments.What If a Hidden Hand Hired Dems to Ram Thru Single-Payer, But They Were Incompetent to Do It?
Posted on 07/13/2014 8:49:17 PM PDT by CharlesOConnell
The latest bit of chatter about a someday-forthcoming ruling from the D.C. Circuit in Halbig v. Burwell is the banter between myself and Washington & Lee University law professor Timothy Jost. (For a quick primer on the Halbig cases, click here. For a comprehensive reference guide to the cases, click here.) Or as my email traffic has described it, “The subtle repartee between Michael Cannon and Tim Jost continues.” And, “What a summer! Argentina vs. Germany, Cannon vs. Jost. What’s next?“
Jost’s contribution appeared on the oped page of the Washington Post. Mine didn’t.
Jost explains that while the Supreme Court’s ruling against the government in Hobby Lobby will not have much of an impact on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, “a number of ACA lawsuits percolating up through the courts could be much more destructive. The theory of these suits seems to be that the drafters of the ACA planted a secret bomb in the heart of the statute.” Jost, along with a federal judge he quotes approvingly, thinks it’s “preposterous” that Congress would have intended to give states the power to block the expansion of health-insurance coverage that’s supposed to happen through the PPACA’s health-insurance “exchanges.”
Never mind that Congress did exactly that with the other coverage expansion the Medicaid expansion in the very same bill. Or that Congress has allowed states to block the entire Medicaid program for the past 49 years. Or that that’s how Jost himself proposed Congress could set up the bill’s health insurance Exchanges. Or that in 2009, both Republicans and Democrats introduced legislation that would have conditioned health-insurance subsidies on states establishing Exchanges. Or that, in particular, the other leading bill advanced by Senate Democrats in 2009 also gave states the power to block Exchange subsidies. Or that that’s what Jost admits the plain language of the PPACA “clearly” says.
Forget all that. Following the clear, consistent, uncontradicted language of the statute, which is completely consistent with the law’s legislative history, would be preposterous. Why? Because if the courts implement the law as Congress intended, then not even ObamaCare’s supporters would like how ObamaCare works.
The popular philosopher, G.K. Chesterton first considered that the Catholic religion might be true, when he heard contradictory claims made about the Church.
Suppose we heard an unknown man spoken of by many men. Suppose we were puzzled to hear that some men said he was too tall and some too short; some objected to his fatness, some lamented his leanness; some thought him too dark, and some too fair. One explanation would be that he might be an odd shape. But there is another explanation. He might be the right shape. G.K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy (1908), Chapter 6, “The Paradoxes of Christianity“
In the current civil crisis over Obamacare, at least 3 contradictory sets of facts can help us to clear the smoke away from the mirrors, to triangulate to the truth and see what’s really going on.
1) Hillary was the most popular, but Obama became president.
2) Biomedical Technology is one of the last healthy export manufacturing sectors of the economy, but it will be taxed to death.
3) We were told that Obamacare would stick it to Big Insurance and Pharma, but now it’s admitted that they have the the best seats at the table.
How do we cut through the fog of media propaganda and arrive at a reasonable semblance of the truth? We can look at a similar example from another time we know more about, where the bodies are buried and who put them there.
In the 1930s, someone heard Adolph Hitler being screamed at behind closed doors by the head of the German Central Bank [Hjalmar Horace Greeley Schacht]. Who could get away with screaming at Hitler and live?
Someone fronting from a group so powerful, it could have ordered that Hitler be made into Hoffaburger. It turns out that when Hitler first assumed power, he went with hat in hand to make his case to the heads of German industry that his gangster militias could deliver labor peace.
(Not that the Big Boys were exactly helpless their corporate army was called Der Totenkopf, the “Death’s Head” the SS. Their corporate heirs are the people who put out RU-486 chemical abortion. [IG Farben > Hoechst > Roussel Uclaf])
Hillary and Barack’s Very Special Date Night 6/6/08
Bilderberg meets to decide US presidential election 3/31/12
Bilderberg Kingmaker Kissinger ‘Jokes’ About President Hillary Clinton At Elite Gathering 5/2/13
A roughly similar set of events may have been behind Obamacare. Fast forward to the 2007-2008 American Presidential race. Hillary Clinton was winning, then without any plausible explanation, Barack Obama was suddenly ahead. It happened in a way that made Hillary supporters cry foul.
Behind the scenes, it may have happened that Hill and Barry attended a command performance in front of the Big Boys who run things. It was found that Hillary carried too much political baggage, she tried but failed in 1993 to deliver Hillarycare, so, suddenly, Barack Obama is the man in command, with the most agile political gangster force and an effective, ready-made, prince-charming cover story.
THE whole modern world has divided itself into Conservatives and Progressives. The business of Progressives is to go on making mistakes. The business of Conservatives is to prevent the mistakes being corrected. Even when the revolutionist might himself repent of his revolution, the traditionalist is already defending it as part of his tradition. Thus we have the two great typesthe advanced person who rushes us into ruin, and the retrospective person who admires the ruins. He admires them especially by moonlight, not to say moonshine. Each new blunder of the progressive or prig becomes instantly a legend of immemorial antiquity for the snob. This is called balance or mutual check, in our Constitution. G.K. Chesterton: ‘The Blunders of Our Parties,’ Illustrated London News, April 19, 1924
Our politicians cry about insuring everyone and keeping jobs at home. But the most obvious solution, open insurance markets among the 50 states, won’t be allowed. And Biomedical Devices, one of the most healthy sectors of the export economy, will get a stake through the heart.
What’s the group that’s so powerful that they can ruin the country to unanimous hosannas from the media? The same one that was able singlehandedly to defeat both the Trial Lawyers and the Doctors with one hand tied behind its back: Big Insurance.
It’s now openly acknowledged that the group in charge of what became Obamacare, from the bitter beginning was lead by Big Insurance and Pharma, both touted in “the free press” as bad boys who would receive their just punishment, in the circus leading up to the vote on the bill that couldn’t be read “read it after you pass it”, 6 times longer than the Bible.
Big Insurance and Pharma have the seats of honor at this robbers’ banquet. Harry Reid is in charge of the waiters, Nancy Pelosi runs the kitchen and Barack Obama supplies the bouncers.
It remains to be seen, however, whether or not Big Insurance can pay the bill, now that it’s due.
A century ago, politicians and newspapers claimed that the establishment of the Federal Reserve would protect the little man, stabilize the economy and banking, and shield us from depressions and crashes. We now know that was just bait & switch, the Federal Reserve was never intended to do any such thing. The newspapers of that time led people around by the nose, feeding them anything their ultra-elite owners wanted.
“ they were either politicians or reporters, which, of course, comes to the same thing.” Ford Madox Ford, “The Good Soldier“
They decide who governs and how, who serves on courts, what laws are enacted, and whether or not wars are waged.Bankers Rule the World: The Network of Global Corporate ControlWall Street, Banks, and American Foreign Policy
Thomas DiBacco: The Federal Reserve’s woeful century
I’ve been of the belief that most of the boondoggles have simply been about taking the taxpayer for everything they can get as quickly as they can.
You cannot have that many failures costing untold billions, and possibly trillions, if there was concern about failing in these projects.
I thought it was calculated incompetence, like, “Oops, we blew it, now we have to have single payer, oh WELL.”
IIRC, Harry Reid planted something in a bill that would have never let it be repealed. I think the bill didn’t pass but the treasonous dems will do everything and anything to ensure the destruction and disintegration of our country.
you can’t have “single payer” unless you have someone to pay - doctors who are willing to become government employees - or to report to work treating patients when and how some govt clerk orders them to do so
hopefully the “hidden” hand has underestimated the desire for individual liberty, freedom, desire for earnings based on their hard work and skills, and principles of the Hippocratic Oath (loyal to the welfare of their patients above the edicts of govt clreks) still present in Americans who practice medicine, and they will not go willingly into the dark night
FYI - Tim Jost is a community organizer out of Chicago, just like his buddy Obama and is as much of a “constitutional law professor” as his friend in the White House.
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