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And his supporters by more than half.
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Instead, he went right to heartstring-pulling talking points about insurance companies “not being able to discriminate against children with preexisting conditions.” Obama’s laundry list of items which insurance companies must and must not do was a perfect reflection of the Democrat mentality that they can raise costs to insurers and health care providers without hurting quality, availability, or affordability for the public. It is the economic equivalent of believing, as my six-year old daughter does, in magical flying unicorns.
Former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) went down the same path with a statement that thanks to Obamacare, “being a woman is no longer a pre-existing medical condition.” And leftist activists are continuing in the Democrats’ divide-and-conquer mode, such as a spokesperson for ProgressNow Colorado saying that the ruling is “a victory for… sick children, women, rural residents who need better health care, and small businesses.” Of course, this will all be free in the left’s Big Rock Candy Mountain world of economics.
The challenge for Republicans will be to remind people that essentially all of Obamacare’s “popular” provisions raise costs of health care and health insurance, that there is no such thing as a free lunch. It will take some clever message framing to be able to counter the Democrats’ arguments which will be misleading or simply wrong but easy to understand and superficially appealing.
Republicans have a favorable climate in which to deliver their message. As pollster Scott Rasmussen put it, Obamacare “has already lost in the Court of Public Opinion” with 54 percent of Americans currently wanting the law repealed — the exact same percentage as one week after Obamacare was passed.
REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTS HAVE A SAD HISTORY of nominating to the Supreme Court people who end up trampling both the letter of the Constitution and the clear intent of the Founders. But Gerald Ford’s nomination of John Paul Stevens and George H.W. Bush’s nomination of David Souter may, when history is written with more than a few hours of reflection, pale in comparison to conservatives’ revulsion at Chief Justice John Roberts. As Conn Carroll presciently noted three months ago, “If Roberts does end up being the fifth and deciding vote to uphold Obamacare, Bush’s Supreme Court legacy will be regarded as a failure too. His reputation among conservatives will never recover.” Perhaps his reputation should not be quite as damaged to begin with as Carroll suggests.
Roberts’ majority opinion on the issue of the mandate is a painful but perhaps necessary reminder that we have a serious political problem in this country — that Americans must start electing the right members of Congress, not counting on judges to bail us out from bad decisions made by those we have elected. Roberts makes us look in the mirror, perhaps reminding voters that people get the government they deserve. Indeed, the Chief Justice put it in black and white in his opinion: “It is not our job to protect the people from the consequences of their political choices.”
While Roberts has a point that we should elect better politicians, I would argue that it is, in fact, the Court’s job to protect us from time to time; framing it as protecting us from ourselves rather than from those we elect is a distinction without a difference as the members of the Court swear, as do other elected federal officials, to support and defend the Constitution, not the people.
While even some conservative pundits, such as Erick Erickson, are looking for a way to give John Roberts a pass on his collaboration with the Court’s liberals, it bears reminding that Roberts could have voted to overturn Obamacare and dealt a blow for liberty, by saying that the power to tax cannot be justified when the tax is levied for an action a person does not take. Many conservatives may find that John Roberts was very clever on Thursday, but he was too clever by (at least) half. Some will call it finesse; but perhaps cowardice would be equally accurate.
As my Spectator colleague Jim Antle put it, “Until you can find a real-world expansion of government power worse than Obamacare that this decision would enjoin, it seems that Roberts’ conservative defenders are being too clever by four-fifths.”
In a statement on the Supreme Court ruling, Colorado’s Attorney General John Suthers (who was a party to the multi-state Obamacare challenge) argued that “Whatever limits remain on Congress’s power will now be left to the political arena.” While one might hope that the next election will offer a pro-liberty reaction by voters against President Obama and Obamacare, Suthers is less optimistic about the longer term, noting that if our liberty is dependent on the voters, “history has proven that little stands in the way of further encroachments on individual and state rights.”
Nevertheless, there is no other route left to Americans. Lindsey Graham has figured it out: When asked by a Fox News interviewer “how do you hold the president accountable, Senator?” Graham’s responded: “It’s called an election.”
The problem is that between voter ignorance and apathy, and the bias of much of the media, sustainable better election outcomes is a thin reed on which to hang our nation’s liberty.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?