ObamaCare burdens future generations with trillions of dollars of debt that will result from the law. It’s frightening to individuals, who’s once personal healthcare decisions are vulnerable to government control. It’s unsuitable for the working American, whose job and income is jeopardized by the fresh tax hikes and dubiety of the law. It’s frightful for seniors, whose reliance on medicare is threatened by bureaucratic restrictions.
However, my opinion of the decision, particularly relating to Chief Justice Roberts’ surprising ruling, likely differs from my fellow conservatives. I don’t believe Chief Justice Roberts has failed conservatives. I believe his ruling exemplifies the thoughtful logic, true to constitutional law, that we hope and expect from Supreme Court Justices. Robert’s words schooled me on this issue and the role of the court. The drastic and fundamental changes set into play by ObamaCare are not for Obama, bureaucratic elites, or the federal government to decide, these changes should be in the hands of the American people. “We do not have a government of the court, by the court and for the court… we have a government of the people, by the people and for the people.”
Be outraged. But don’t blame Justice Roberts. Be outraged at the Obama Administration and the Democratic Senate for pushing this intrusive and unpopular law down the throats of American citizens in 2010.
The court certainly was under pressure to interpret the constitution with care and caution when subject to the relentless scrutiny of an angry, divisive public debate that loudly calls into question the very ind
ependence and legitimacy of the court. Roberts’ didn’t “choose sides” to uphold the liberal argument, he concluded that the individual mandate was indeed unconstitutional under the commerce laws. However, when Obama’s lawyers decided that the mandate was indeed a tax, Roberts was obligated to rule the law constitutional.
It is now in the hands of the American people to determine whether this disastrous law will stand. And that is just where it should be. According to the majority, the penalty meant to give the mandate teeth does fall under Congress’s undisputed power to tax. “It is abundantly clear that the Constitution does not guarantee individuals may avoid taxation through inactivity,” Justice Roberts writes. Hence the court manages to defer to Congress while simultaneously contradicting an expansive reading of Congress’s power to regulate economic activity under the commerce clause.
The Obama Administration can claim the ruling as win, for now. But it is undoubtedly a short-term win. The rejection of ObamaCare certainly would have been convenient for conservatives, but conservative ideology implies an attitude of stubbornness, ambition, and an unwavering stance on moral and constitutional issues– often referred to by the left as “bigotry.” The Supreme Court is not the end of this effort. The ruling only strengthens the case for “repeal and replace.” The already firm public disapproval of the law and now the unmasking of the mandate as a tax unites the American people and amplifies the drive to defeat Obama in November and take back the Senate.
The American public’s evident distaste for the healthcare law before the SCOTUS decision has not subsided. Roughly 28 percent of Americans said they would be pleased if the Supreme Court determined the health care law was constitutional, according to the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll. Another 35 percent of Americans said they’d be disappointed if the court upheld the law, and 37 percent sounded conflicted or unsure. To add insult to injury, the unpopular mandate was not only upheld in court but as result of the ruling, the President and Congressional Democrats take possession of a huge tax increase on the American public.
This is just another broken promise from Obama. I have faith that the American people do realize this. So many broken promises and lies including: so called “transparent” governing, the failed one-term proposition to relieve our nation from a massive deficit, the use of executive privilege in the “Fast and Furious” debate, granting amnesty to illegal immigrants two and half years after stating he had no authority to do so, and now a health care tax that the President tries to hide.
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