Well the Supreme Court upheld Obamacare’s individual mandate. That means that starting in 2014, you must have a
“approved” health insurance plan or pay a fine. With this decision, the Supreme Court has pretty destroyed the idea of Constitutionally limited government in this country. I was so deeply saddened by this decision that I almost broke down crying a few times today. In fact, I’m writing this piece more than nine hours after the decision was reached. That’s how disgusted I was.
It goes without saying that Obamacare must be completely repealed and replaced. The program is unsustainable in the long term and it destroys individual liberties. The Obamacare mandate is first and foremost a giveaway to the insurance companies in order to buy their support for the rest of the package. It needs to be replaced with a free market based healthcare plan that will give individuals more choices and provide a safety net for those who truly need help. However, I won’t go in depth describing a plan tonight.
I cling to three pieces of hope after today’s horrible court decision:
1) Since the Obamacare individual mandate was ruled a “tax”; it only needs 51 votes, instead of overcoming a 60 vote filibuster, to be repealed through the Senate “reconciliation” process. That means that our priority focus in the liberty movement is to elect 51 Senators who will repeal the Obamacare individual mandate. The rest of the horrible law will remain in place, but the most loathsome aspect to individual liberty will be gone.
2) At least there are four Supreme Court justices who are at least open to the Originalist school of Constitutional thought. However, given that Chief Justice John Roberts, who was the swing vote to uphold it, was appointed by President George W. Bush; we can’t necessarily trust Republicans to appoint Constitutionalist judges. This makes one of the most often cited cases for tactically voting for Mitt Romney, pretty weak. Instead, we need to focus our efforts on the House and Senate.
3) We need to reevaluate the relationship between the States and DC. Its time to start deploying some of our Tenth Amendment weapons against the tyranny of Washington DC. State governments need to start turning down money and control from DC and start taking care of themselves. Since the Constitution is now virtually meaningless, its time to start using nullification as a tactic to rollback the size and scope of the Federal state. We need to once again, become a republic of sovereign States; each governing themselves to their peoples’ best interests and according to their values. Finally, lets repeal the 17th Amendment so the States can start having representation in Washington DC again. Kazakhstan should not have more representation in Washington than Kansas.
It is bleak for advocates of limited government, but I for one am not willing go do down without a fight.