A Day of Irony
Taxing our patients
The Supremes( nope I am not talking about Diana Ross and her group) i.e. SCOTUS, this morning issued its ruling on the constitutionality of Obama Care. In a split decision(5-4) with Chief Justice Roberts tipping the balance, the Supreme Court ruled that Obama Care and its individual mandate is constitutional based solely on the reality that it is a TAX (by way of penalties if an individual or a business entity do not purchase health insurance for their employees) imposed upon the American people via the constitutional responsibity of the Congress to impose Tax Laws.
Everyone remembers that during the debate, prior to the Democratic congress hastily passing the Health care law, Obama and his Democratic cohorts denied vehemently the notion that the law would impose a tax burden on the American people. Not a lot of voters were swayed by this argument, thus during the 2010 mid-term congressional elections, Obama and his party took a beating in the polls. As late as April of this year, Obama's Solicitor General was still arguing in front of the justices that the law is not a TAX. Apparently Chief Justice Roberts was not swayed by this argument, and together with the 4 liberal leaning justices confirmed its constitutionality, based on what Obama was claiming it was not. The justices must have seen enough through the veneer of the Solicitor General's arguments to say that "if something quacks and walks like a duck, it must be a duck."
Several ironies just came into view: (1) Isn't it ironic that the one thing Obama was saying his health care legislation was not, is now the reason for the Supreme Court basing its decision to rule that the law is constituional; (2) Isn't it ironic that the Republicans have disavowed a law drawn primarily from a similar law conceptualized. formulated and passed in a state governed by a Republican governor, Mitt Romney; the same governor who as a presidential candidate has vowed to repeal it if he is elected president; (3) Isn't it ironic that the TEA party, now inexplicably in hibernation, would be awakened by the same issue (taxation) that once riled and aroused them during the 2010 mid-term elections. (4) Woudn't it be ironic if, because of the Tax burden his health care law imposes, the rest of the American people would be similarly riled up, as the Tea Partiers were in 2010, that they would then vote Obama out of the White House, and deny him the power and perks of the presidency that he has so overly enjoyed. the past 3 1/2 years.
A democratic president, Franklin Delano Roosevelt had his "day of infamy" when he and the Congress declared war on Imperial Japan and the result was victory; now another democratic president has his "day of irony" and the result may not be victory, but the infamy of being swept by the electorate into the dustbin of history.