Is the SCOTUS Decision on Obamacare Really the End of the World As We Know It?

In this article I’m don't analyze the merits of the Affordable Care Act, but look at the political right’s reaction to the SCOTUS ruling.

Last Thursday was a day of high drama. I had prepared myself for the SCOTUS to at least throw out the insurance mandate portion of the law and possibly the whole thing. It completely took me by surprise how the court finally ruled, finding the law constitutional, not under the Commerce Clause, but under the power of congress to levy taxes. I wasn’t the only one caught off guard by the ruling, the political right went ballistic.

The Patch became immediately energized with people condemning the SCOTUS decision and claiming the world as we know it is coming to an end. This reaction wasn’t entirely unexpected, but the level and intensity was surprising. I think, part of the adverse reaction was due to the fact that the political right thought they had this one in the bag. They were counting on a big political blow to President Barack Obama by the overturn of his landmark piece of legislation. The right was so convinced of winning the ruling that there was no “Plan B” if the legislation held as written.

Just as the political left here in Wisconsin reacted to ACT 10, with claims the world was coming to an end, the political right is making the same claim, which is purely emotive. ACT 10 has led to a different direction in politics in the state; but the direst predictions have yet come to pass and the state’s political left has been forced to work within a set of new parameters. The same can be said for Obamacare, the institutional systems will learn to live with it and those things that need to be changed will be changed.

The political left’s rhetoric has grown to include the financial collapse of the United States pulling the world into a black hole of economic chaos and a call by the most extreme to arm themselves for an insurrection to take back the government and restore democracy, right out of the Turner Diaries. As usual, I tune into right wing talk radio on a daily basis to see what the latest talking points are. Charlie Sykes had a parade of elected Republicans who were beating the drum of despair and Mark Belling was on a rant that I hadn’t heard in a long time, claiming the United States was doomed.

It appears that the political rights "Plan B" is to immediately repeal the legislation as soon as Mitt Romney has won the presidential race in November and the Republicans have taken control of both chambers of congress. It’s an all or nothing strategy that is filled with a few major problems. First, it is not a certainty that Romney will win; and second, even if the Republicans gain control of both chambers, it will be meaningless unless they win a filibuster proof majority in the senate. The probability of winning that large of a senate majority is slim to none. Therefore, the Republicans need to settle down and figure out ways of improving the law because it looks like it will be around for some time to come.

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skinnyDUDE July 02, 2012 at 09:11 PM
@Bren No one says what RomneyCare was unconstitutional . That was an issue of states rights. As to ignorance Bren I think you qualify. Romney in the white house will work to repeal the bill . He is the only candidate in the race that will do that.To think the Romney Care talking points hurt him in the vote tally is not rational . He is the only hope for conservatives to kill the bill . He has many options as President to effect it dramatically. Anyone that doesn like this bill in a big way will not vote for Obama . I know that and you know that. So the lame talking points have no real meaning other than to fill space. Its pointless in the BIG picture.
James R Hoffa July 02, 2012 at 10:27 PM
skinnyDUDE July 04, 2012 at 02:57 AM
@Lyle I heard on the radio today you are correct that if the state opt out the federal government can set up the state exchanges. However, I was right as the bill is a Monster. The review of that part of the bill shows the democrats set up these exchanges in a way that will cause issues. As if the state set up the exchanges the bill allows for subsidies to buy it . Ironically these exchanges if the Feds set them up do not include the subsidy language. This would take further legistlation and its unlikely anything would be done with a republican congress and Obama as president . It would be a battle to be sure. Just thought Id pass it along as that is what RUSH was stating. This battle will go on and drag out . Most likely way to end it is if one party gets control .If its gridlock this will likely be an issue.
Bren July 04, 2012 at 03:18 AM
skinny, I don't think it's rational to support a candidate who disavows his own good idea. Approval ratings for the Affordable Care Act have gone up since the Supreme Court decision as people are actually looking past the right-wing fringe talking points and looking at the actual legislation. Speaking of lame talking points, may I just "say" how tired I am of right wing alliterative slogans. "Repeal and Replace" being the most recent. Replace with what? More privatization of an industry that has already murdered tens of thousands of Americans (Death by GL) and bankrupted or ruined hundreds of thousands more? How about this one: Enact and Expand
skinnyDUDE July 06, 2012 at 02:28 PM
Bren dont you mean = Enact , expand and collapse . It;s the largest tax increase in history. It the largest unfunded mandate in history . It is another major entitlement that isnt paid for even with the tax in effect. Your logic is to be more like Greece. Sadly , you have drank the kool aid and are not wise enough to state solutions to real problems. Liberals are the party of waste , fraud and abuse as they try to expand theyre base of victims. Wisconsin has hope as the non sense vs Walker was overwhelmingly rejected. If the nation rejects the current and Obvious failure of Obama their is hope. If not there will be a lot of pain for future generations and you can bet your azz if wont be covered under the affordable care act . I am sure by that time the rationing will be in full effect and the liberal Victims will be whining the most. VOTE ROMNEY 2012 ...it's a no brainer.


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