And so the battle is joined. Already, several governors including Chris Christie, Bobby Jindal and Bob McDonnell of New Jersey, Louisiana and Virginia, respectively, have stated they'll resist Obamacare by not implementing the state health exchanges that are one part of the elaborate health care scheme concocted by dreamy-eyed Democrats and rammed through Congress with questionable tactics.
White House Chief of Staff Jack Lew made a fool of himself today on "Fox News Sunday," basically lying repeatedly when Chris Wallace tried to pin him down on the Supreme Court's ruling that Obamacare is constitutional precisely because it is a tax. President Obama spent months denying that Obamacare's mandate provision was a tax, and claiming that any families earning under $250,000 would not face a tax hike.
Nothing like weasly politicians fanning out to the Sunday morning talk shows and kicking off "death by a thousand cuts" for the Obama administration. This farce of a spectacle is going to make for some very entertaining moments in the coming months.
I was flipping the channel around and noticed that one of the main administration talking points is that the American public doesn't want to refight this battle... we need to move on... let's focus on the economy and jobs. I kid you not. These folks are beyond clueless. They are hidebound ideologues, and apparently the 2010 election results just didn't register. There's really no other explanation for it.
But beyond the fallacy that Americans don't want to quit fighting about this issue, isn't it asinine to say, NOW, 3 1/2 years into the Obama administration, that we need to focus on the economy and jobs? Um, just what have you guys been doing all this time, pray tell? Honestly, you can't make this stuff up.
Something else that has been a total disconnect, stupefyingly silly, if you will, is the administration thinking it's a selling point that "kids" up to age 26 can remain on their parents' insurance policy.
In the first place, those who don't have their heads up their ivory towers recognize that many of the allegedly "40 million uninsured" are young people who are healthy and elect not to carry health insurance even though many of them could afford it if they rearranged their priorities (lower rent, more modest car payment, fewer dinners out, etc.).
For the vast majority of them, this is a wise financial decision because they will not shell out thousands of dollars between, say, age 22 and 35, with little or nothing to show for it. This is called freedom and individual choice, concepts that are utterly foreign to our Soviet-like "leaders" in the bloated Beltway.
Yes, a few young adults will be struck with serious illnesses or injuries, and there will be a variety of solutions ranging from relatives helping them pay the bills, to Medicaid, to charities. But these cases are the exception, not the rule.
It is possible that any one of us could get in a head on collision on a two-lane highway and be paralyzed for life, or be killed. So should we outlaw two-lane highways, make it illegal to pass, or set the speed limit at 30 mph? Obviously not, but these "solutions" are no more absurd than the idiocy of Obamacare and its heavy-handed, one-size fits all provisions.
But back to the "kids" in their mid-20s feature... There is something very wrong about encouraging and prolonging the entitlement/leech mentality. Thanks to the Obama economy, large numbers of college graduates have had no choice but to move back with their parents after earning an expensive sheepskin and getting themselves deep into debt. If we didn't have such an anemic economy hampered by the central planners of the Hope and Change Institute of Sophistry, there wouldn't be such a great need for young adults to rely on their parents at an age where they should be self-sufficent. And besides, for too many of those parents, there is no insurance to cover their children for the simple reason that mom and dad are unemployed or underemployed.
The gall of the Obama clowns knows no limits. Their current spin on this monstrosity is kind of like walking into your house while a couple of armed thieves are ransacking it, stealing jewelry, cash, a big screen TV, etc. They try to play nicey nice: "Oh, just relax and you won't get hurt." They tie you up, steal you blind, and even steal the beer from your fridge.
"That's a smoking hot wife you've got there, dude. We'd love to do her, but we've done enough. You can be grateful that you'll be all right and we're gonna get out of your hair now."
They leave. Your house wasn't burned down; your wife wasn't raped; the dog is still alive. Hey, jewelry and the Vizio can be replaced. But your sense of being violated, and the bad dreams and anxiety that are sure to be part of your psyche from now on, will take their toll. Just as anger and incredulity have doused lovers of freedom with a foul mood in the wake of Thursday's tragic ruling.
It almost would've been better if those scumbag thieves had just been nasty and foul-mouthed. Their phony niceness and acting as if they care about your feelings are enough to make you puke.