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  •  So, the SCOTUS gets to pick ANOTHER President. (3+ / 0-)
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    Jeff Y, Aunt Pat, nellgwen

    Because make no mistake, that's exactly what the radical activist be-robed bastards on that once illustrious bench plan to do.
    Strip the mandate, gutting just enough of the bill to make what's left an unworkable mess.  Insurance companies required to take anyone at any time, with healthy individuals free to go without until the moment they get sick or injured, premiums spiraling out of control, employers dropping insurance for their workers like a hot rock, and Obama left looking like an incompetent boob, a "Constitutional law professor" who, it will be made to appear, doesn't know the first thing about the Constitution, a naif who dragged the country through this long, drawn-out battle only to (the mighty Wurlitzer will scream) fuck things up to even worse than they were before.
    And all this just a few months before the election, insuring (you'll pardon the expression) a GOP sweep of the White House and Congress.
    Make no mistake.  Furthering their extremist agenda is the only thing motivating these evil bastards, and they will turn two hundred years of legal precedent upside down and set every law library on fire in order to do it.
    They've had the taste of blood in their mouths ever since Bush v. Gore, and they have been positively salivating ever since for their next chance to appoint our next oligarch.

    Mitt Romney: Lifting up cars is good. LIfting up car companies....not good.

    by jazzmaniac on Tue Mar 27, 2012 at 08:47:39 PM PDT

    •  I'm just not sure if the general public will (7+ / 0-)

      suddenly bolt to the GOP just cause right wing hacks struck down the law, especially if it's a 5-4 party line vote, they won't think 'Obama knows nothing about the constitution' they'll more likely see it as a political ruling.

    •  The Mandate is entirely new territory. The... (2+ / 0-)
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      jazzmaniac, SquirrelWhisperer

      President's lawyer didn't do a very good job today delineating that territory. Instead, he wasted his time pretending this is the same as anything the government has ever done, which it simply, on its face, is not.

      •  Justice Kennedy had a great question on that... (0+ / 0-)

        one that very succinctly summed up all the mush-mouthed fuzzy-headed arguments I have been having on the thing:

        Can you create commerce in order to regulate it?

        And Alito had the best example of the "broccoli" argument yet:

        burial services.  Everybody needs them eventually, even more surely than they will need health care (regardless of progressive BS, some people are never sick a day in their lives).

        LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

        by dinotrac on Wed Mar 28, 2012 at 04:56:05 AM PDT

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    •  the mandate is conservative garbage (1+ / 0-)
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      it was thunk up by The Heritage Foundation

      why anybody left of George W. Bush supports it is madness.

      In both the short AND long term.

      What's wrong under Republicans is still wrong under Democrats.

      by gila on Tue Mar 27, 2012 at 11:12:37 PM PDT

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