One of my regular readers has expressed the hope that I could find something positive to say in my blog, which of course immediately set my mind to thinking about how I could be negative about the support of the Affordable Care Act by a 5-4 vote of the Supreme Court.
First let me say I am pleased that Justice Roberts agreed to side with his ideological enemies on the court, leaving the super-cons apopletic about the outrageous sins which Romenycare/Obamacare commits. I was especially pleased with comments I heard about Antonin Scalia’s reaction, which said he was “visibly depressed” about the decision, confirming earlier comments that Scalia is a “big fat cry baby.”
But I digress: Roberts found a way to agree to agree because the Act conforms with Congress’ power to “lay and collect taxes.” Needless to say, our friends in the Republican party have pounced ~ saying that Obama just levied the largest tax in history on poor people. They seem to “forget” that their own candidate for President is the original architect of the Act.
It is evidently estimated that four million people who can afford it will elect not to get healthcare and pay the penalty instead. So the decision, in fact, was an effort by Justice Roberts to make people just a little bit like Corporations. It is a well know fact that Corporations will almost always pay the fine (penalty) for any problems they have caused –versus actually solving the problem. So now, people can behave like corporations, choosing to pay a fine instead of solving their healthcare problem.
After Citizens United and the Ledbetter decisions, it’s hard to believe that this Court would support anything good for the majority for any reason whatsoever.
But God works in mysterious ways: Outsmarted by the black guy once again.
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Gloria. Circa 1955.
Gloria. Circa 2012.
Other than working for the American Red Cross in Korea for two years, Gloria Garvey has lived in Hawai`i since 1971. Her opinion and other writing has appeared in: The American Philatelist. Honolulu Weekly, The Honolulu Advertiser, The Honolulu Star Bulletin, The Star Advertiser, Hawai`i Reporter, Pacific Business News, Island Scene, The Design Management Journal.