The United States Supreme Court surprised everyone Thursday with the initial mention saying that Obamacare was overturned as a penalty and then within 30 seconds reversed the comment and said that Obamacare was allowed as a tax. Chief Justice Roberts put the nation on edge with the initial reaction that was immediately turned making a smaller percentage of the people happy than happy. The majority of the people are against Obamacare and with the upcoming increase in taxes effective January 1, 2013 and not receiving any additional health benefits until 2014 it is easy to understand why.
Ron Elving of NPR, a radio commentator indicated that Chief Justice Roberts had told him that Roberts did not want the Court to be politically divided during his time as Chief Justice and this act was designed to prove that the Supreme Court was not a political court for the benefit of the political party in control. Without Chief Justice Roberts’ actual testimony on the subject we will never know if that is true or not. It is doubtful that Roberts will let us know any time soon,.
What are the immediate events that will take place as a result of this ruling? There will now be a presidential race that will focus entirely on Obamacare where the majority of the people did not want to have the government involved in their healthcare. the Republicans are going to raise the fever exciting the base to get out and vote for Republicans in Congress and for Mitt Romney for one reason and only one reason: to repeal Obamacare. The economy will not recover anytime soon as businesses will not be able to see any relief in the near term as there will be a substantial tax increase of $1-Trillion effective January 1, 2013 so that Obamacare can be paid when the benefits begin for a minority of the people in 2014.
In an additional ruling the Supreme Court did say that the states were not required to sign onto the Medicaid increases. Just this morning I was listening to Diane Rehm Show on NPR where Karen Tumulty of the Washington Post calmly stated that the states would happily accept any additional Medicaid money from the federal government as it was “free money.” It is not clear that Tumulty understands that the money is a direct result of the taxes that she and the tax paying citizens of USA are providing and it certainly is not free. I don’t understand how a newspaper would pay Ms. Tumulty to write for them when she does not understand that taxpayer money is not free but earned from the sweat of the taxpayers. Perhaps the Washington Post needs to refresh Ms. Tumulty’s media expertise like the British government had to do with the BBC reporters to learn what the obvious is or is not.
Meanwhile the House of Representatives will schedule a vote to repeal Obamacare for the week after the Fourth of July. But the real impact will be during the presidential election along with the Senate elections that could easily swing back to the Republicans and ensure that the Congress along with the Republican president will repeal Obamacare. So prepare for a Republican onslaught on Obamacare coupled with the bad economy and tax increase associated with Obamacare.
It seems to be apparent the Democrats did not predict the majority of the people have not taken to Obamacare and are adamantly opposed to Obamacare to the point they want to vote the current rash of Democrats and president out of office. Now between today and November 6 we will hear all the political parties going after the voters’ attention to get them out to vote for them.
During the brief history of our beloved USA it has been clear that when the government gets involved with personal issues such as medical care, taxes, choice or Social Security the government only makes it worse than it was.