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Politics …. Obama-care On Trial

The Supreme Court has wrapped up three days of oral argument on the Constitutionality of Obama-care and the individual mandate.  While no one know how the court will rule I want to make a few observations.

First,  regardless of the outcome it will be a mixed blessing for Mitt Romney.  If the court strikes the law down it will benefit Romney by taking the issue of the table.  He will not have to spend as much time defending Romney-care.  This is a good thing since Romney-care is Obama-care version 1.0 of and one of Romney’s biggest liabilities.  However,  since the healthcare law is the number one unifying issue for almost everyone on the right its absence as an issue might make some feel it is ok to vote third party or not vote at all, assuming the danger has passed, thereby increasing the chances that Obama will win a second term (GOD FORBID).  Conversely, if the law is upheld those on the right will correctly assume that their only chance of ridding the nation of Obama-care is to rally behind Romney and get him and as many Republicans as possible elected in November. Yet there will still be Romney-care to defend.

My personal opinion is that I hope the Supreme Court rules the mandate Unconstitutional, rules it unseverable from the rest of the law and throws the whole piece of garbage out the window.

Second, it is basically assumed that the courts four liberal justices (Breyer, Ginsburg, Kagan and Sotomayor) will vote in lockstep to uphold Obama-care.  However, no such assumption is made that the courts five conservative justices (Alito, Roberts, Scalia, Thomas and Kennedy) will vote to overturn. This sad fact backs up a point Ann Coulter made some time ago.  Liberal justices rarely, if ever, are a disappointment to those who nominate them.  So-called “conservative” justices, however, enjoys no such distinction. Consider this list of Republican Supreme Court nominees/justices that have disappointed us time and again:  David Souter nominated by George H.W. Bush, Sandra Day O’Connor and Anthony Kennedy nominated by Ronald Reagan, William Brennan nominated by Dwight Eisenhower, Harry Blackmun (author of the Roe v. Wade decision) nominated by Richard Nixon.  The list could grow longer but I think you get the idea.

Third, if the Obama-care is thrown out by the court don’t think that the war has been won.  Far from it.  In some respects I think liberals are playing the long con here.  The court might be doing the left a favor in striking down the healthcare law because it gives them another opportunity to go after what they really have always wanted since the New Deal which is a full blown, European-style, single-payer, socialized healthcare system.  Don’t think they won’t try it.  It probably won’t happen under Obama but the left is patient.

As I said at the outset who know what the court will do when they announce their decision in June.  They might vote to uphold the law, they might throw it out entirely or they just might rule against the mandate.  We only have to wait two months to find out.

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