SAN DIEGO, June 9, 2015 — Never missing an opportunity to deliver yet another misleading speech, President Obama decided to share his vast legal expertise with the Supreme Court, at least indirectly. While attending the G-7 summit in Germany, he held a press conference and brazenly dropped a hint that the Supreme Court would be offering “a twisted interpretation of the law” should they overturn that portion of the Affordable Health Care Act that offers federal subsidies to people enrolled in health insurance coverage through the federal portal, HealthCare.gov.
“This should be an easy case. Frankly, it probably shouldn’t even have been taken up,” Obama explained.
The legal challenge is that the law allowed for subsidies only to those who signed on with state-run exchanges. Since many states do not offer the exchanges, the federal government kicked in money anyway and that action is now in question. If this portion of the law is overturned, many who enrolled in Healthcare.Gov will no longer qualify for government assistance.
Many Republicans view this potential ruling with great enthusiasm
In December Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said, “You could have a mulligan here, a major do-over of the whole thing, that opportunity presented to us by the Supreme Court.”
Actually, Republicans might want to be careful what they wish for.
True, the entire law should have already been overturned based upon the lies President Obama created in order to get it passed: lies such as “If you like your doctor, you can keep him;” or the interesting about-face, which insisted the Affordable Health Care Act was not a tax while getting it through Congress, only to then argue before the Supreme Court that it actually was a tax so that it would not be overturned.
There is also a glaring irony when a man who demonstrates such contempt for our Constitution that he legalizes immigrants through executive order decides to give patronizing lectures about the Constitution even to the U.S. Supreme Court.
That being said, we should keep in mind that the Supreme Court can easily strike down part of the law without the rest of the law’s necessarily crumbling.
If people suddenly lose their insurance subsidies, they will be upset and they will look for somebody to blame. The problem is, we happen to have a president who is an expert at shifting blame to everybody but himself.
Even a family that never voted for Obama and never wanted his health care law in the first place, will still need to make ends meet. Perhaps they lost their previous insurance plan as a result of rising premiums in the face of Obama’s new, strangling regulations. Maybe they turned around and signed up for Obama Care only because they could no longer afford anything else. The correct response should be to feel even more double- crossed than ever by President Obama.
But it is this very same president who will be quick to point out that should their currently non-exchange state transform their law and offer insurance exchanges, the federal government will be free to return providing the health insurance subsidies.
In the process, Republican governors will be denounced as if they are Ebeneezer Scrooge on steroids. Undoubtedly, the race card will also be pulled out of the deck. We will hear that African-Americans and other minorities are the primary victims of these evil Republicans.
Some of those governors may very well cave in to this pressure, especially if they are up for re-election.
Meanwhile, Republicans in the House and Senate will be tempted to “fix the health care law” instead of overturning the health care law as they promised.
So be careful what you wish for, Republicans. That doesn’t mean you should not still make the wish. Just be sure to stand your ground if the wish is granted. Don’t be fools and try to put the genie back in the bottle. Instead, show some courage! After Obama gives his speech, stand up and deliver a better one!
Understand that people will have a right to be angry if the Supreme Court’s ruling goes against the administration’s untenable position. But make sure this anger gets directed at the real perpetrator this time, not you and your fellow Republicans, none of whom voted for Obamacare in the first place.
And don’t worry about how the mainstream media will portray you. You do not answer to them. You answer to those who put you in office because they believed your promises. If you break your campaign pledges, you are no better than our Liar-in-Chief.
This is Bob Siegel, making the obvious, obvious.
Bob Siegel is a weekend radio talk show host on KCBQ and a columnist. Details of his show can be found at www.bobsiegel.net
*Cartoon by Branco, reprinted by arrangement and permission via LegalInsurrection.com.