Obamacare: Anyone Have a Plan B?

by Matt Patterson on March 1, 2012 · 3 comments

in Healthcare, Regulation

In just a few week the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments regarding the legal challenges to the administration’s controversial health-care overhaul, especially the constitutionality of the so-called “individual mandate” that requires every American to purchase government-approved insurance.

The Court’s finding on the matter will be the most consequential ruling in that august institutions long history, excepting only perhaps the infamous 1857 Dred Scott decision. If the Supreme Court upholds the law, there will officially be no limits to the federal government’s scope, no ceiling on its powers, no real liberty in America, economic or otherwise.

(It is hard to believe it has come to this, that a people who once set a continent in flames over a trifling tax have been reduced to hoping a court will save them from enslaving legislation passed by the very officials they have elected. Yet here we are.)

And if the Court does not save us? Some cling to the hope that new politicians, put into power in some future elections, will undo what Barack Obama has done. Perhaps. Anything is possible.

But let me put this question to you: What if the Court upholds this legislative abomination, and politicians hostile to the law fail to win sufficient control of the government? Does anyone have a plan B?

If Obamcare stands, will the people let it stand?

It is entirely possible that the Court will strike it down. But the Court’s long-held propensity to feed the government’s ever-ravenous appetite makes it foolish to count on this contingency. It is also possible that enough anti-Obamacare politicians will sweep into power at some future date, control both Houses of Congress with veto-proof majorities and/or capture the Executive Branch, and subsequently repeal the monstrosity.

That is a lot to hope for.

I have some ideas on how to proceed should the courts and politicians fail us, which I will be sharing with my readers here and in other publications in the coming weeks and months. In the meantime I  encourage everyone to consider the possibility that Obamacare will survive its legal and political challenges, to think and talk seriously about what that would mean for the people and country they love, and to ask themselves the all-important but seldom asked question:

What then?




Benjamin Gitlow, Jr. March 2, 2012 at 3:10 pm

If the Supreme Court does not find “Obama Care” unconstitutional then the Commerce Clause provides unlimited authority to enact almost anything so that we no longer live under a Constitution or under the rule of law. Given the feckless GOP primary campaign and lack of any leadership or well defined set of principles or political strategy we are likely to suffer under four more years of Obama. I shudder to think what he will be able to accomplish when no longer constrained by the need to be elected. My worst fear is that Obama will be able to shape the federal courts into clones of the ninth Circuit Court in California. Obama and friends have demonstrated a scorn for the concept of consent of the governed as set forth in the Declaration of Independence and defined by the Constitution that sets forth the requirements for adopting the Constitution and amendments to it.

Willard Werner March 3, 2012 at 7:06 pm

I do not support your point of view and think you are dreaming up reasons that will not come about. If his is such a bad law forcing people to have insurance, why do most of the states have laws requiring drivers to have car insurance?

Because of business competition large companies have chosen to ship a lot of the large manufacturing to cheap labor in less devel0ped countries. They have developed all kinds of robots to take care of most of the manufacturing. Millions of people were displaced because of this. Tell me where are these people suppose to find a job.
You say get more education, where do they get the money to get an education when the bloated sports programs rob the students to support their out of control sports programs.
You are either going to have to tax and tax heavy the upper ten percent of filthy rich people in the world or there will be sooner or later heads rolling in the worlds upper wealthy class. I did not make a mistake of saying “worlds” upper class, because this will prevent this group from just taking residence outside our boarders.

President Reagan’s trickle down economics works only for a limited amount of time. It then gets out of controls when the 15 to 20% of the wealth is held by 1% . Our democracy becomes run by the wealthy and the press is controlled by the likes of Ruppert Murdock and Fox news.

Bernie Deering March 6, 2012 at 4:18 pm

great article. we can stop this by assuring the election of a Republican for President.

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