The abomination that is Obamacare is the gift that is going to keep on giving for the population control crowd. And all of its specifics don’t even have to be implemented. The broad latitude, indeed the almost dictatorial powers given to Kathleen Sebelius and her minions at HHS and other cognizant Departments to, for example, mandate that health insurance companies provide free birth control products, while at the same time denying individual states the right to do everything in their power to cope with the oncoming crushing burden of folks going on government-funded health care because of the chaos surrounding the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), almost guarantees that a. The birth rate is going to decrease (not even taking into account the feds’ refusal to stay out of states’ actions to cancel funding to abortion providers); and b. the death rate is going to increase because the installation of the mechanisms and pipelines to fund healthcare for the indigent cannot be expected to cope with the hopelessly incompetent federal bureaucracy now in place, nor to cope with the state of flux that Obamacare is in because of litigation.
On the latter point, the notion that people are going to get sick and die, unless something happens soon (O’care is going to go into full operational effect in 2014 – death can occur in minutes, or even seconds) is brought home in the AP story about the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid refusing to allow the State of Indiana to begin gearing up for the expected influx of a half million people into its Medicaid rolls, and to do so by utilizing a state program of assistance that is already up and running and has been helping Hoosiers for years.
This is (almost) unblievable. For the Obama administration and its perennially-ensconced left-wing nannystate bureaucracy, which shed crocodile tears and pulled and tugged at every heartstring they could get their hands on to pass Obamacare to make sure everyone was covered by some form of health insurance, to now freely admit, as the director of Medicaid in DC does in the article, that they do not have a clue as to how current state programs like Indiana’s are going to fit into the regulatory scheme, and then to go the extra mile and deny a state’s plan to make sure that uninsured sick and elderly are not left standing out in the cold come 2014, is just one more bit of evidence that compassion and concern for the welfare of the citizenry were never any part of the calculations that went into the promotion and execution of the monstrosity, and we use the ‘monster’ reference advisedly, known as Obamacare.
Couple this mother-of-all bureaucratic and regulatory and central planning nightmares with the state of the American economy, and the fact that commerce and industry are downsizing and shedding health insurance programs faster than a news organization could report them, if they even tried, and one can see that not only can the sick and elderly and underprivileged population in America not wait til 2014 for surgery, medicine, therapy and palliative care, their ranks are going to be multiplied because just shedding health insurance programs is not going to save a lot of businesses – they are simply going to go out of existence and their employees will not even have an income with which to purchase their own health insurance. This is not rocket science. And these events are happening now. Sickness, injury, disability, the exigent needs of an aging population and the decline of the once-redoubtable American economy are not waiting for 2014, or even a new Congress in 2013.
In the year 2000 there was a great hue and cry throughout the land following the presidential election, with all sides claiming that their opponents had committed fraud, stolen the election, rigged the balloting regimes and so forth. It was a national nightmare in which we just barely avoided the catastrophe of not having a sitting, duly-elected president by the swift action of the US Supreme Court. You all remember Bush v. Gore and the magnificent service provided to the American people by the Nimble Nine.
Bush v. Gore, 531 U.S. 98 (2000), is the landmark United States Supreme Court decision on December 12, 2000, that effectively resolved the 2000 presidential election in favor of George W. Bush. Only eight days earlier, the United States Supreme Court had unanimously decided the closely related case of Bush v. Palm Beach County Canvassing Board, 531 U.S. 70 (2000), and only three days earlier, had preliminarily halted the recount that was occurring in Florida.
Now, one might say, and it is conventional and accepted wisdom, that in a case of such magnitude as one involving the leadership of the country, the Court had a duty to spring into action to avoid chaos, confusion and consternation throughout the land at not having someone sitting behind the desk in the Oval Office. Memo to the nation: There is a succession scheme in the US Constitution that provides for a continuation of the office of President if there is no President, or next-in-line Vice President, available or competent or legally confirmed to fill the role. The Speaker of the House would be quite capable of overseeing the continuing functioning of the various federal departments until such time that the election kerfuffle was settled. While we agree that the free world needs to have a duly elected leader, at least for appearances sake, with all due consideration, it was not a life and death matter. But nevertheless, it was resolved within days.
Word comes now that the PPACA is likely to make an expedited appearance in the US Supreme Court. By ‘expedited’, the newsies and commentators mean the Justices could come up with a ruling by June of next year. One notion is that having a ruling by midsummer will make PPACA’s status be a non-factor in the 2012 elections. Another is that the dilatory effects of Obamacare will be fresh on the minds of the voters as they prepare for the fall elections. As “concerned citizens”, we ask “Why should an election schedule be a consideration on anyone’s mind when it comes to matters of caring for the health of the populus?” In fact, on these pages we routinely gripe and complain about the President’s lackadaisical attitude toward jobs and the economy and the livelihoods of the nation’s able-bodied work force, as he maintains a leisurely schedule, replete with vacations and campaign pilgrimages all across the nation. Should we not be demanding that on matters of life or death, sickness and health, and what most adult observers agree is a causative, chafing wound on the fortunes of the economic health of the nation caused by the uncertainty surrounding Obamacare, the Supreme Court act with almost as much expediency as it did when so many people absent-mindedly and vacantly assumed the nation would be rudderless in 2000 if they didn’t act within days?
President Obama signed PPACA into law on March 23, 2010 and almost immediately the State of Florida filed suit against it in federal court. By December of that year, oral arguments had been heard in the case and by January of 2011, 25 states had filed petitions joining Florida in opposing the legislation. The lawsuit, and similar ones, have wound their way through the appeals process and recent petitions have brought us to the point where the Court has agreed to accept the case. It is now October of 2011 and by now, much to Nancy Pelosi’s chagrin, everyone knows what’s in the bill, and it has been litigated in part and in the whole. There is absolutely no reason this case cannot proceed to immediate consideration by the US Supreme Court. The facts, and the issues, legal, constitutional and general welfare, are well known by everyone who has been paying attention. It is time for oral arguments and it is time for deliberations to begin. By the time June of 2012 rolls around, if indeed the court rules by then, the implementation of PPACA will have been so ingrained in all the federal-state interactions as to make back-tracking and undoing the damage so costly in terms of not only finance but economic and personal misery as to perhaps influence the Court’s ultimate decision. That and the fact that when something has been a law for a while, scholarly types say it is bad form to overturn it. We are sure the evil ones who lobbied for this monstrosity are hoping for just such an outcome.
But unless the opinion written next year is so broad and expansive in not only obliterating Obamacare, but also setting a clear and defining marker and signpost for the future dismantling of much of the rest of the federal nanny state and central planning apparatus, we can see no benefit to the people for a delay in letting them know how much heartache they are going to have to endure from this point forward in seeing to the health and security of their loved ones, their associates and employees, their fellow citizens. Many of them already know. But this wrong, if it is to be righted, needs to be righted sooner rather than later.
Are the presidential and congressional elections of 2012 of crucial importance in returning America to some semblance of a constitutional republic with specific, limited and clearly defined powers and prerogatives of the government? That goes without saying. Will the continued intransigence, bungling, obfuscation, contradiction and arrogance by the Feds further turn the electorate against the elitist totalitarian schemes of the Left? No doubt. At the same time, the chaos, anger and resentment so desired by the anarchist wing of the Social Democrats is only going to increase, especially as we learn that since passage of Obamacare, the number of uninsured in America has continued to rise. Unless Her Highness Sebelius issues a directive mandating the conscription of doctors, nurses, surgeons and specialists, and facilities, the system may collapse before any result of a Supreme Court ruling takes effect. As capital may increasingly be retracted from the healthcare industry, the private sector is just not going to be able to handle the influx, regardless of nominal reimbursement or the ability to write down or write off.
Does it all have to be about politics? Oh, a good bit of it does, to be sure, because the adversarial, competitive, freedom of expression modus operandi of our polity guarantees a marketplace of ideas and an arena for game-playing. But we submit that if there was ever a time for bi-partisanship, it is now, and by that we mean that decent folk of whatever political stripe should advocate for the immediate consideration of this issue by the US Supreme Court. As everyone is having a good time mocking the gaffes and antics of Obama and Biden on the one hand and getting their jollies at the gaffes and reality-show gyrations of the Republican presidential aspirants on the other, the uncertainty only mounts among large swaths of the population dependent on others for their health care needs, and those who charitably or even for selfish reasons want to assist them but can’t, even if they are willing to use their own resources, like the State of Indiana. This is an intolerable situation. This is a situation where not only businesses, but institutions, like hospitals, charities and even governmental units are going to start to fail. It is dangerous.