Court decision shifts question to appropriate place

Friday, June 29, 2012

Sen. Ben Nelson has good reason to feel vindicated in taking the stance that probably cost him his Senate seat, his insistence that states not be saddled with exploding Medicaid costs, a position that came to be called the "Cornhusker Kickback."

While it came across as a special exception for Nebraska in exchange for the deciding vote on Obamacare, Nelson has maintained he was opposed to the law's threat to withhold all of states' Medicaid funding if they fail to expand the program along federal guidelines.

The Supreme Court agrees, as it turns out, striking that provision as unduly coercive.

"Sometimes, the irony of all ironies occurs," Nelson told the Associated Press.

In another irony, the fact that the individual mandate was a tax -- something the administration insisted it was not, while it was trying to get healthcare reform through Congress -- was what saved Obamacare from the shredder.

The Supreme Court didn't buy the argument that the Commerce Clause of the Constitution permitted the government to mandate health care insurance. However, Bush appointee Chief Justice John G. Roberts did buy the administration's Plan B argument, that the government did have the right to tax those who decided not to buy health insurance.

Meanwhile, money has been pouring into the Romney campaign since the ruling, and Gov. Dave Heineman is vowing to fight expansion of Medicaid, saying it would rob funding from education or force taxes to increase.

Thursday's ruling was also a reaffirmation of the high court's role as an interpreter of the laws, despite Nelson's repeated co-opting of Republican cries of judicial activism, not a body to pass judgement on the wisdom of the health care law.

"Those decisions are entrusted to our nation's elected leaders, who can be thrown out of office if the people disagree with them," Roberts wrote. "It is not our job to protect the people from the consequences of their political choices."

The system worked as it should, shifting the question of expanded health care back to the executive and legislative branches, and ultimately to the people who are in the end responsible for their own healthcare, the citizens themselves.

Will they trash the whole program, including popular provisions like keeping children on parents' policies until age 26 and ending lifetime benefit limits and denial of insurance for pre-existing conditions? Will they throw out the leaders responsible for Obamacare as well?

Will they elect leaders who vow to repeal the healthcare act, will those leaders be able to repeal the act, and with what will they replace it?

Only the voters can shape those answers, and that is how it should be.

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  • Liberals like Ben Nelson and the Daily Gazette feel vindicated by Nelson's taking a backroom bribe for the deciding vote to pass partisan and job-killing ObamaCare?! The same ObamaCare that would have created a Medicare carve out for Nebraska alone, to be funded by the other 49 states forever?! Talk about hubris in criminality!

    Even Harry Reid admitted and the liberal PBS Frontline documentary exposed Nelson's infamous "Cornhusker Kickback" for what it was. Not to mention Nelson's crony corruption and insider trading with Big Pharma, Big Trial Law, and with the Oligarch of Omaha, Warren Buffett. We shouldn't forget that Nelson and his wife had millions invested with Buffett at the time and both made a hefty profit at the taxpayer's expense.

    So, to top it off, SCOTUS is telling us that Nelson lied to us all along about ObamaCare being the biggest TAX increase in world history. Now that Nelson's ObamaCare is a massive TAX increase upon middle income families, Nelson says SCOTUS is not activist?! The hypocrisy is disgusting.

    Even though Nelson's ObamaCare takeover of healthcare is not considered a "mandate" under the Commerce Clause, the precedent has been set that the Federal Government can TAX any non-commerce and even our behavior. The IRS will now become the new enforcer of our healthcare, and as intended, businesses will be forced and coerced to throw their employees into the exchanges and private insurance will be history. Welcome to Ben Nelson's socialized and rationed DMV healthcare that will be modeled upon Medicaid and the failed systems in Socialist countries.

    Next, Ben Nelson's new ObamaCare HHS "contraception" mandates, that include abortion-inducing drugs like Ella, threaten to shutdown every faith based hospital, clinic, school, and charity in not only Nebraska, but the entire nation. This includes, but is not limited to:

    - St. Mary's Hospital in Nebraska City

    - Alegent Health in Omaha (recently acquired by Catholic Health)

    - St. Elizabeth's in Lincoln

    - Nebraska Heart in Lincoln (also now Catholic Health)

    - St. Francis in Grand Island

    - Good Samaritan in Kearney

    Justice Roberts did get one thing right in his ruling -- that We The People can throw out radical, corrupt, arrogant, and lying politicians like Ben Nelson who give their constituents and the rule of law the middle-finger salute...

    -- Posted by 9th ID on Fri, Jun 29, 2012, at 6:56 PM
  • I my party/republicans should learn a lesson from this result last week on doing nothing attitude for a decades long problem with health care cost/issues while any of the Bush family was in office is a cost of doing nothing coming back to haunt us today.

    Obama did something with health care to the extemes because he could with Bush doing nothing before and yes i do not like all of on new obamacare either but it is doing something vs nothing as been the theme of the right for years .. Repulicans in Washington need to learn our country needs new creative adjustments and improvements and some will cost money vs the past line of do nothing but chant lower taxes and cut spending talk but with younger generation that is falling of deaf ears but until they figure that out Democrats will run the White House/Congress.

    -- Posted by Cornwhisperer on Mon, Jul 2, 2012, at 11:28 AM
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