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Thursday, June 28, 2012

Obamacare Upheld

In a 5-4 ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld Obamacare, and in particular the individual mandate requiring individuals to purchase health care insurance, citing Congress’ power to impose a tax.

“Congress had the power to impose the exaction in Section 5000A under the taxing power, and that Section 5000A need not be read to do more than impose a tax. This is sufficient to sustain it.”

Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. sided with the majority in voting to uphold the law, Obama’s signature domestic initiative.  He announced the court’s judgment that allows the law to go forward with its alleged aim of covering more than 30 million uninsured Americans.

The justices rejected two of the administration's three arguments in support of the insurance requirement. But the court said the mandate can be construed as a tax. "Because the Constitution permits such a tax, it is not our role to forbid it, or to pass upon its wisdom or fairness," Roberts said.

The court's four liberal justices, Stephen Breyer, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor, joined Roberts in the outcome.  Justices Samuel Alito, Anthony Kennedy, Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas dissented.

“The act before us here exceeds federal power both in mandating the purchase of health insurance and in denying non-consenting states all Medicaid funding,” the dissenters said in a joint statement.

If 30 million Americans don’t have health insurance because they can’t afford it, how does this Administration think they will?  I’m unemployed and don’t have the money for it.  Will the government treat the unemployed as nursing homes treat the elderly:  in order to enter a residential nursing facility, you used to have to sell all your property and assets?  Or will they impoverish my older, wealthier brother, instead, robbing him of money he rightfully earned through hard work?

Considering the cost of health care, property taxes will be nothing compared to the health care taxes and will probably impoverish most Americans, who’ve already lost most of their retirement plans, receive negligible interest on their savings, and if they’ve lost their jobs, lost their company-subsidized health insurance.

All is not lost.  A new Congress could post a new law overturning the health care bill.  That means, though, that we must work doubly hard to elect a Conservative Congress.  Not a Republican Congress – a Conservative Congress.  Out in Utah, they re-elected Orrin Hatch, who is a notorious Moderate and would probably support this unhealthy bill.

Obamacare goes far beyond just mandating our health insurance.  The bill encompasses all manner of restrictive “safety” measures, shackling us to the Federal government for life, unless we elect a new and better Congress. 

Pundits argue that a Moderate is better than nothing.  No, it isn’t; it’s just as bad or worse.  We now have a Moderate GOP candidate who will simply substitute his own brand of national health care, devoiding Americans of an essential freedom and taxing or fining us if we refuse to obey or pay.

First, we must throw non-partisanship out the window.   You’re either onboard or you’re not.  Compromise brought us Moderate Republicans in 2004, who increased the federal deficit.  More compromise brought us TARP, Stimulus, and all sorts of other Progressive goodies. 

You can’t be a Progressive and a Conservative.  Don’t weep to us Conservatives about how American and patriotic you are and how you don’t approve of what has just happened; if you voted for these people, your name is on it.  You have to make up your mind whether you want to live in a free America or you want to see the name of our country changed to the United Socialist States of America.  Don’t think that it can’t happen.

Our fight has just gotten exponentially tougher.  Many people expressed surprise at the Court’s ruling.  You shouldn’t have been.  No matter what Obama said, the individual mandate is, in fact, a tax, a power given to Congress by the Constitution.  It may very well take a Constitutional amendment to undo the damage of this ruling, if we can’t depend upon our Congressional representatives to overturn it.  First, though, we must do everything we can to rid ourselves of this Socialist Congress and our Stalinist president.

November is coming and it really is do-or-die for America.  If you love your country and your liberty, don’t get sad; get mad and get to work. 


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