The Supreme Court just handed the Republican party the greatest political gift for the upcoming election on two fronts.
The first is a revived awareness among the electorate of the urgency that they choose Senators and Representatives who are committed to the full repeal of ObamaCare, and who, once it is repealed, will get down to the hard work of genuine reform of our health care. ObamaCare is a legislative monstrosity that will raise costs, diminish choice and control, and impair quality -- and is loved only by those who don't understand its effects, or authoritarian elitists who think it won't affect them. Electing candidates who have signed the Repeal Pledge will become even more important to the American people than it already is.
The second issue is a commitment to picking a President who will choose Justices who believe that part of the purpose of the Constitution is to impose limits on the role of the government, and who will respect the Constitution’s limitations. That is how the Supreme Court will earn back the genuine respect of the citizens, who are the ultimate judges of what the Constitution means.
In that context, watching the limitations of the Commerce Clause win the argument but lose the case because of the majority's decision that, despite all legislative intent to the contrary, this really is a tax, special thanks are due to Justice Kennedy for his joint dissent with the three conservative Justices, and for leading the charge for limited government by reading his dissent from the bench. These are serious jurists more concerned with upholding the Constitution than with the opinion of politicized Washington elites.
President Obama has been two-faced throughout the health care debate. He attacked Hillary Clinton for her support of an individual mandate, then imposed a mandate. He said the whole process would be conducted on C-SPAN and then he flagrantly broke that promise by conducting backroom deals. He argued that the penalty for not purchasing insurance was NOT a tax and then had his lawyers argue in court that it WAS a tax.
The American people, not the President, not the Court, will have the final word come November. Those at the DNC who are classlessly spiking the football now ought to enjoy their brief moment.