I’ll post updates as events warrant.
9:52: Best line so far is from Walter Olson who said he has some “Judicial activism!” placards but will have to wait for the decision to know which side to give them to.
9:55: I’ve avoided predictions. But gun to my head, I’d say parts of PPACA are going down. The reason? The full court press by the Left to delegitimize the decision in advance. I think they have inside information.
9:59: Holy shit, SCOTUSblog has 350,000 readers right now.
10:02: Expect less complaining about activism with the Supreme Court overturning the Stolen Valor Act.
10:09: The mandate survives as a tax. Not sure what that means. CNN is claiming the mandate was struck down. Apparently Roberts rules with the liberal wing.
10:14: SCOTUSblog says that the bottom line is ACA is upheld because Roberts supported it. Assuming this is the case, I’m disappointed but will respect the Court’s decision. And my respect or Justice Roberts actually goes up because I think he is ruling on his interpretation of the law.
Even with this ruling, this has been a great session for the court, which limited the power of the EPA and FCC and upheld the right of free speech and free religion.
It’s time to go to work on repealing or repairing PPACA. Just because the Supreme Court says the government can do something, it doesn’t follow that it must do it.
10:24: And holy fuck, over 800,000 people were reading SCOTUSblog.
10:29: And just like that, Left Wing wailing and gnashing of teeth turns into gloating.
10:31: And Right Wing bashing of Roberts begins. Never mind that his Court has been the most conservative since the 1930’s. HE ISSUED A RULING I DON’T LIKE!
10:33: This ruling is quite interesting. The conservative block would have struck down the entire law. The liberal block would have upheld it. Ginsberg said that the mandate could survive just as a mandate. But Roberts’ ruling is now the law of the land: he said it could survive … but ONLY as a tax (which it clearly is, even if Obama didn’t want to own that). So ignore screaming about how the government can make us buy things. Roberts’ decision will insure that it can’t.
And really, if you’re worried about the government coercing us into doing things, you should have complained thirty years ago when SCOTUS upheld using highway funds to force states to raise the drinking age.
The course for the GOP is clear: make sure the public knows that Obama raised taxes on the uninsured. And run heavily on repealing/replacing PPACA. That’s the wonderful thing about our system. We always have options.
10:37: States can opt out of the Medicaid expansion. That’s actually pretty huge. And really really important for state budgets. So free healthcare is no longer guaranteed.