It was announced last week that the Department of Justice will no longer support in court, nor prosecute people not signing up for Obamacare. In effect, the announcement came as a Texas Federal Judge threw out the over-bloated law as unconstitutional, and most certainly is working it’s way through the courts.
The main reason Obamacare was found to actually BE constitutional back in 2011 was because Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, who wrote the majority opinion said that Congress has a right to tax people, and Obamacare was actually a tax on people that chose not to buy healthcare insurance. That was because of the “individual mandate” that basically would charge you an increasing amount of penalty if you didn’t provide healthcare for yourself for at least 9 months of the year.
When the Republicans sent a budget bill to Donald Trump early on in his presidency, it included a part that gutted the individual mandate. Federal Judge, Reed O’Connor took Roberts up on his ruling stating that since the individual mandate was no longer in effect, the whole law was unconstitutional…and should be gutted.
The most recent announcement coming out of the DOJ is that they will side with the 26 states that have fought this notion that Obamacare was a good thing. Instead, they would like to see the whole thing gutted. And now, it appears it will be. At least that’s the theory behind it.
If John Roberts’ view was that Obamacare was actually legal because it was viewed as a tax, and Congress has the right to pass taxes, that would negate the bill in it’s current form, because there is no tax. And you can’t force people to buy something they don’t want to buy. So, unless Congress decides to pass it as another tax…highly unlikely in this partisan environment…it looks like Obamacare is not only on life support…it looks like Obamacare could very well be a thing of the past.
Now, Democrats will scream that “millions” of people will be without healthcare if this fails. Actually, like the Russian Collusion story, and the Obstruction of Justice story, this is a lie. What will happen is the individual market will open back up again and thrive, as it did prior to 2010. And that means maybe we can FINALLY get rid of this abortion of a bill known as Obamacare once and for all. We can FINALLY dump that idiocy of a health care test known as socialized medicine that hasn’t worked, and caused pain. As for the “millions” of people that are on the rolls, actually the number is closer to 1.5 million. That’s not “millions”. The others that are on the rolls were forced to be there because they were on an individual insurance plan that got taken away by Obamacare.
And by the way…on that account, there is no argument. I was one of those people. It’s true what happened. And for me to get on Obamacare here in the desert (along with my wife) will cost upwards of $2,700 a month for a crappy insurance plan that very few doctors and hospitals accept. The out of pocket deductible is $6,000 per person, and the maximum is $17,000! So I get the “right” to pay almost $3,000 a month to build up to a $6,000 deductible? Yeah…that was a real smart bill!
There’s only one thing to say about this abortion…Thanks Obama!
Carry on world…you’re dismissed!