June 28, 2012
To cleanse the palate, here's something much more pleasant.
(Snerk!) Drudge headline is alternating between MANDATE STANDS and MANDATE GONE.
Upheld 5-4. (updated:initial reports said 6-3)
The mandate cannot be justified under the Commerce Clause, but it is allowable as a Tax.
Get insurance good enough to satisfy the government by 2014 or pay a fine (or go to jail).
If you have a business be ready to cash it out by 2014 or cut your workforce to the bone because your labor costs are going to skyrocket.
If you are in the Health Insurance business, well you just made out like a bandit....and you will continue to until these progressives turn on you too....as progressives will.
Much more disturbing to me, the Stolen Valor Act was struck down, meaning that wicked lying fiends can pretend to be war heroes without penalty. This seems like legitimizing fraud to me. It's certainly evil.
It looks like the Stolen Valor Act might be salvageable if rewritten, though I'm not sure it would have any teeth then.
CDR Salamander has thoughts on where we go from here.
Professor Jacobson has thoughts on this rotten, terrible, not good very bad day.
Regards the Obamacare decision There's more here.
Instapundit is tentitively sanguine regards the long view"
I should also note that for those who thought the Lopez case dead, this opinion indicates that it remains very much alive. It appears that there may also be support on the Court for limiting Congress’s spending power. Has Roberts pulled a Marbury, appearing to give ground while actually laying the foundation for change in the future? Call that an optimistic reading.
The lawbloggers at The Volokh conspiracy express and link to some interesting thoughts on this decision here, here, here and here. They have an interesting and faintly disturbing speculation here.
Probably not, because they will have to start taking in all the currently-uninsured, including those with pre-existing conditions, and they can't charge those people higher premiums.
Posted by: RickC at Thu Jun 28 17:55:02 2012 (WQ6Vb)
Posted by: Ben at Thu Jun 28 19:19:23 2012 (eC5M6)
Posted by: Mauser at Fri Jun 29 04:46:07 2012 (cZPoz)
Ace links to representatives of both sides of this discussion here.
Posted by: The Brickmuppet at Sun Jul 1 14:58:04 2012 (EJaOX)
I think I figured out what happened. Randy Barnett made a wish on a cursed monkey’s paw that his commerce clause argument would be accepted. It explains everything, no?
Quick! Someone check to see if Randy Barnett is now a magical girl!
Posted by: The Brickmuppet at Sun Jul 1 15:16:41 2012 (EJaOX)
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