Americans love their freedom, so no matter how the Supreme Court (SCOTUS) rules on the Democratic Party’s Darling, viz a viz, Obamacare, one thing is for sure: Obamacare’s days are numbered, should, come November, voters decide to send a president to office who wears big boy pants and is qualified to clean up the mess Democrats have made of healthcare reform.
Obama was against the vexing mandate found in Obamacare that forces everyone to purchase health insurance before he was for it. In 2008, then-candidate Obama said healthcare reform should be devoid a mandate. “If a mandate was the solution” Obama stated, “we can try that to solve homelessness by mandating everybody to buy a house.” Brilliant. It’s too bad he didn’t hold to that thought after he became president.
I’ll bet Republicans would have supported certain aspects of the bill had they not been excluded from the one-sided discussion Democrats dubbed as a “debate.” The next thing we knew, the 2700-page pile of constrictive and nonsensical garbage was shoved down the throats of freedom-loving Americans who largely loathed the bill then, and still do.
Liberals hoped over time we’d warm up to this infringement of our freedom, but recent polls show quite the opposite is true.
A June 20, 2012 AP-GfK Poll found only a third of Americans support Obamacare, 47 percent oppose it, and only 21 percent of Independents polled favor it.
Back in February, a Gallup poll posed a question as to the constitutionality of Obamacare. Of those polled, 94 percent of Republicans and 70 percent of Independents said they thought the bill is unconstitutional.
A stunning 56 percent of Democrats sided with those Republicans and Independents, but inexplicably 71 percent of those same Democrats admitted they are pleased of its passing, despite the legislation’s assumed unconstitutionality.
As I write, the countdown to the announcement of the Supreme Court’s decision is hours away. Demonization of the SCOTUS justices has already begun. Pundits suggest the court will be swayed by public opinion based on polls citing public confidence in the SCOTUS has deteriorated in recent years. Others suggest the decision will be based on partisan political views rather than the law.
Mark my words: if Obamacare is defeated, liberals will demonize certain justices rather than acknowledge their opinion was based on the case’s merits. That’s just how they roll. Their leader is no different. President Obama shows about as much respect for the SCOTUS as he does the Constitution. Obama’s dysfunctional administration has shown us by its actions that the court and the Constitution are nuisances that stand in the way of getting his way.
During his 2010 State of the Union address, the Agitator-in-Chief publicly disparaged the SCOTUS justices while they were graciously seated before him. Obama’s dissing roused a standing ovation from like-minded misguided Democrats whose lack of decorum made them look more like jesters than legislators.
Obama did it again this April when he disparaged SCOTUS justices calling them an “unelected group of people” and branding them “judicial activists” should aspects of Obamacare be overturned. Normally, only punks make cheap shots.
If Obamacare is not overturned by the SCOTUS, and voters give Republicans the opportunity, the GOP plans to repeal Obamacare and replace it with a constitutionally compliant plan that will contain costs without expanding the size of government as well as provide individuals the freedom to keep healthcare decisions personal. Funny, isn’t that what we’re all after anyway?
Susan Stamper Brown is an opinion page columnist, motivational speaker and military advocate who writes about politics, the military, the economy and culture. Email Susan at firstname.lastname@example.org or her website at susanstamperbrown.com.
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