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Monday, March 26, 2012

Obamacare - Challenged in Court

Today, Monday 26 March, begins the arguments at the Supreme Court on the Constitutionality of Barack Obama’s signature freedom killing legislation. Pro-Constitutionalists and Entitlists both will be watching this very closely. Most predict that in any case the ruling will come from a slim 5-4 majority.

And then of course, no national issue, especially one that is disrediting the democrats so badly would be complete without Nancy Pelosi running her mouth. Nancy’s statement: ”I appreciate my colleague's leadership on helping us honor what our founders put forth in our founding documents, which is life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness,”……..“and that is exactly what the Affordable Care Act helps to guarantee.”

Pelosi continues: ”A healthier life, the liberty to pursue happiness, free of the constraints that lack of health care might provide to a family,”……“if you want to be photographer, a writer, an artist, a musician, you can do so. If you what to start a business, if you want to change jobs, under the Affordable Care Act, you have that liberty to pursue your happiness.”

Well, what can you say about Pelosi? Nobody thinks of her as having cognitive function. She is mostly referred to in terms like village idiot.

All this coming on the heels of Obama trying to take religious freedoms away by mandating religious institutions to provide birth control against their religious and moral objections.

It has been two years since the Democrats crafted the Obamacare law behind close doors then passed this monstrosity without reading it.

The law was quickly challenged by states' attorneys general from multiple states, while congressional Republicans vowed to "repeal and replace" it. The new regulation also galvanized the tea party movement, which was credited with changing the political landscape and driving home a Republican-swinging 2010 midterm election which gave the Republicans a victory of historic proportions.

Of course, Americans being Americans, and having several other more pressing issues such as paying bills (and playing sports) have long since put Obamacare on the back burner, especially since various parts of the law take effect at different times. But that sure did not keep a butt load of organizations from getting “waivers” from the Administration. Mitt Romney had it right when he said as President he would direct his Attorney General to grant a waiver to every state, effectively nullifying Obamacare.

A recent Gallup poll found that only 1 in 7 respondents said they had experienced something positive from the law.

A recent Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report estimated that 5 million people may lose their employer-based insurance between 2019 and 2022. The CBO also found that 2 million fewer uninsured Americans would gain coverage by 2016 than previously thought.

The reason for the front loading of the more benign parts of Obamacare and delay on the more controversial parts was no accident. Obama knows that Americans have short term memories and he wanted to secure a second term before the really asinine parts of Obamacare take effect, plus he doesn’t want a lot of obstacles, nor popular dissent, when he really starts taking away our freedoms.

Lets hope from clarity and the right decision from the Court.

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