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Obamacare decison: A victory for conservatives


This world is not my home, I’m just a-passing through. My treasures are laid up, somewhere beyond the blue. The angels beckon me from Heaven’s open door and I can’t feel at home in this world anymore.

I sat the computer Thursday morning waiting for the Supreme Court to release their opinion on Obamacare. In my heart, I knew that it was going to fail. I just knew that something so unpopular would be seen as unconstitutional and the Great Embarrassment would receive yet another well-deserved kick in the pants as he prances along his rainbow-colored path to November.

At 9:17, the words “Supreme Court Upholds Insurance Mandate 6-3” flashed across Yahoo! News. (Yes, I know they were mistaken in their numbers. It was actually a 5-4 decision).

For a moment, I just stared at the screen.

“Oh, well. Lord, your will be done,” I thought. In times like these, really, what else can one do? Anger is only an exercise in futility and my blood pressure really doesn’t need to rise much more.

Through the day, as I delivered papers, I listened to talk radio as others gave their views of whether the world had either (A. Just ended or (B. Just been saved from itself.

It’s been a full day now now and I can’t say I know a whole lot more, even though I’ve heard countless opinions and read many stories on the issue. Here is what I do know:

*Healthcare needed to be reformed. Hillary tried and failed and the GOP tried and failed. (Fact: The Republicans were the first to actually suggest the individual mandate. )

*Romney has to be careful just how he speaks out against the so-called “Affordable Healthcare Plan”since it’s essentially his plan on steroids.

*Having health insurance is never a bad thing. Eating vegetables is not a bad thing either until someone steps in and puts their jack-booted foot on your throat and forces you to eat them.

*America was lied to about the individual mandate (You’re shocked, I know). In repeated interviews, namely one with George Stephanopolus, the Great Embarrassment insisted the insurance mandate was not a tax. Now we find out the Supremes only approved the plan because the government’s lawyers went in and argued that the mandate was indeed a tax after all. So which is it?

*Interestingly enough, in his decision for the majority, Chief Justice John Roberts stated that had the insurance mandate been just that, it would have violated the constitution (as most of America has been screaming for years now), but since the court was told it was a tax, it was constitutional. This should be on every news network and in every newspaper from now until November, but we don’t see that happening.

*Many people we’ve spoken to seem to think the ruling doesn’t affect them because “I already had health insurance.” If it was only about health insurance, we wouldn’t be having this discussion today. We are already legally obligated to purchase liability insurance for our vehicles, but that’s simply to insure that the other person and his/her vehicle is protected in the event of a wreck.

*The problem with forcing Americans to purchase health insurance is that it sets a precedent. If we can be forced to buy one product in the private sector, what else can we be forced to pay for? It’s a step towards totalitarianism. You don’t have to believe this statement; laugh if you want, but hide and watch. Unless we stand up and make our voices heard, totalitarianism is coming. And it’s taking the fast train.

*Another problem with the mandate is that by purchasing insurance or being forced into Medicare (something our seniors cannot legally opt out of, according to recent rulings), the government is taking away our right to make basic decisions about our own bodies and those of our loved ones. For Pete’s sake, folks, we’re essentially putting the IRS of all agencies in charge of our health. That’s not a good idea. Sarah Palin was roundly ridiculed when she came out with her statement a few years back about “death panels,” but when one actually sits down to read the law, there really are committees set forth in the measure that function as such. Will we one day have to appear before a government and or insurance company panel to learn whether we are going to live or die? We realize that’s a worst-case scenario, but it isn’t far-fetched when one actually reads the law.

However, in all of this scare talk, there may well be a bright side for those of us that wish to conserve the old ways. Many of the talking heads are now saying that the SCOTUS’ decision was not a victory for the Great Embarrassment, but rather just the opposite. How could such a thing be so, you ask?

Well, it’s like this. Americans of all stripes have voiced their displeasure concerning Obamacare in poll after poll. Black, white, male, female, liberal or conservative, this plan is simply not popular. By upholding the law, the justices have unwittingly opened a whole keg of problems for the Democratic incumbent. November has now become not just a presidential election; it will be come a referendum on healthcare. If you don’t like Obamacare, vote GOP.

For his part, Mitt Romney has pledged to strike down Obamacare on his first day in office. And since the court has upheld the measure, he doesn’t have to spend from now until November talking about how he would solve the healthcare problem. All he has to say to get votes is that he will slay the Affordable Healthcare dragon if elected.

By the same token, the Great Embarrassment is left with no choice but to campaign on his accomplishments, namely a healthcare bill that no one likes. Had the justices struck down the law, he could have distanced himself from it and came up with another plan to pitch to voters. In other words, the president is stuck dancing with the “one what brung him” and to say the least, she’s none too pretty.

But through all of this, the words of that old song that are repeated at the beginning of this article keep echoing in my head. We can complain, we can go out and cast our one vote, but we can’t stop the madness of this fallen world. Praise God, though, this world is not our home and there’s coming a day in which we’ll not worry about the latest craziness out of DC or California or anywhere else.

Just up in Gloryland, we’ll live eternally. The saints on every hand are shouting victory. Their songs of sweetest praise drifts back from Heaven’s shores and I can’t feel at home in this world anymore.

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