But with a snowstorm bearing down and the possibility I won't be posting anything tomorrow as I'll be making alternate lodging arrangements, I need to get this up now.
It seems that, today, federal judge Roger Vinson in Pensecola, FL, declared ALL of Obamacare as unConstitutional.
But, Peter, I hear some of you asking, you don't support Obamacare. Why aren't you celebrating this? What can you possibly have to bitch about here?
I'll tell you what I have to bitch about -- he ruled the ENTIRE THING IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL.
I've said it before and I'll say it again -- even those who support Obamacare have some misgivings about some provisions, and even those who oppose Obamacare see some good things in there. For example, no denying coverage for pre-existing conditions. Whoops! That's gone!
The only part of Obamacare I wanted to see struck down was the mandatory participation clause. Other things, I don't know. I don't know exactly what is in the 1,200+ page monster, so let's bring it out, discuss it, and find some sort of agreement. Instead, he tossed the entire thing, the good with the bad, opening up an appeal that could have very unpredictable results.
Here's the thing -- the law should be CLEAR. And yet, this ruling has only muddied things up. The states' rights issues? Forced commerce? None of that has been settled, and it likely will never be settled. Vinson says the law is overreaching. Well, so is his ruling. The next appeal will just be something to set up the Supremes hearing the case. Usually, you can tell how things will go by if the Supes will agree to hear the case. That usually means they are leaning towards reversing it. Instead, Vinson just dynamited the whole thing, the next judge will have to pile up the ashes, and the Supes will have no choice but to hear it just to restore some sort of sense to things.
Jesus, people unable to vote? The recounts? Scientology having its headquarters in Clearwater? This ruling? Is there something in the water down there?