After some crying and pouting and depression yesterday (I’m slightly exaggerating), I’m actually very happy and inspired today with the Supreme Court’s ruling on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act (AKA—Obamacare).
No, I’m not in favor of the largest middle-class tax increase our nation has ever seen.
And no, I certainly don’t think the justices in the United States Supreme Court made the right decision—I agree with them that the Constitution’s Commerce Clause does not give Congress the authority to compel individuals to enter a market in addition to regulating that market, but I disagree that classifying this as a tax makes it okay to require people to purchase a product as a condition of citizenship in the United States.
And I absolutely agree with Justice Kennedy and the other three dissenting justices that the entire bill is “invalid in its entirety” and that this ruling is “a vast judicial overreaching.” And, since they decided the individual mandate is essentially a tax (despite President Obama insisting it’s not), I’m not in favor of the power the IRS now holds over my health insurance and yours.
And yet, I’m still very satisfied with yesterday’s ruling. I know that seems crazy. And I may be, at times, more optimistic than others think reasonable or sane. But I think I’m still in the realm of sanity this time.
Here’s why I think this could be a good thing:
The Supreme Court just handed the fate of Obamacare back to the American people. In actuality, this bill is now upheld and ready to be enacted and the ball is rolling. In 2014 it will be fully implemented. If we do nothing, this bill and the unprecedented, unconstitutional extension of power it grants our government will move forward. Unless you and I act. I would submit that this battle for Man’s Freedom is not over. I would submit that this is only Act Two in the story of this struggle for our rights and individual liberty:
- Act One was the passing of a bill through every means necessary—You may recall the kickbacks and sweetheart deals given to Democrats who opposed the bill. Then there was the deliberate distortion of the facts to the public. Finally, when the voters of Massachusetts filled the late Ted Kennedy’s Senate seat with a Republican (removing the Democratic majority’s filibuster-proof 60th seat) the House used the Constitutionally questionable process of reconciliation, usually reserved for budgetary bills, to avoid the “speed-bump” known as the will of the American People and a potential block in the Senate.
- Act Two is where the Supreme Court barely upholds the bill’s constitutionality, by the narrowest margin possible. This is where we stand today. This is where President Obama and Congressmen Pelosi and Reid would like the story to end. But not so fast…
- Act Three, I predict, is when the American People, by way of taking a stand at the voting booths, will send a loud and clear message to Congress and our new President: “Government derives its powers from the consent of the governed. You do not have our consent to take away our liberties and our rights. If you do not repeal and replace this bill, your job will be repealed and you will be replaced as our representatives.” In response, both chambers of Congress will send a bill to the President, and on January 21, 2013, he will immediately sign it into law on his first day as the new executive.