So, Obamacare lives to see another day. And the world turns relentlessly, this time for the better. John Roberts wrote for the majority: “Congress passed the Affordable Care Act to improve health insurance markets, not to destroy them.”
Clarity. Sanity. Divination, some would say.
I have been having a spirited argument with a reader about literalism in law. He is probably agitated by this decision, as the Supreme Court ruled in favor of intent and not the exact wording of the law. He made some very good points that I will carry with me whenever I think about the Constitution and jurisprudence. I am still in favor of penumbras and rights given but not enumerated, however. Given today’s terrible gridlock in Congress, it is unlikely that there will be any change in the Constitution to deal with today’s Big Questions. Therefore, the force of law devolves unto the Court. It may not be ideal, but it’s what we have.
The House will not let well enough alone. They’re suing the executive for altering parts of the law to adjust for small businesses to prepare for the law, and for appropriating funds for Obamacare that have not been authorized by Congress. There’s a fuckload of other challenges too. I see that these challenges will probably not be heard by the Court. And there’s still the possibility of reconciliation to force a majority vote on repeal. Fortunately, Obama can veto that happy shit posthaste.
Today we celebrate a win for the little guy. And we keep our fingers crossed until tomorrow. Or maybe a few days after that. Fucking drama, is what this is.
This week is going to be momentous. History will be changed because of a few decisions. Not only does the Supreme Court finally rule on the federal exchange’s legality per Obamacare, but they have to rule on gay marriage. Then, when that’s done we still have to bite our nails as Iran oscillates between reconciliation and defiance.
I’m bullish on all fronts. I think the pieces will fall into place that grant freedom, choice and security. My wife is worried because she is a recipient of ACA federal subsidies. Her premiums will go through the roof without her tax credits. We are an example of Obamacare’s success, even though there are so many out there who deny its efficacy. Prediction: 6-3 finding for the government.
What will happen if gay marriage is legalized in all 50 states? I have written previously that there will be a schism in this country, a reckoning. Perhaps the antipathy towards homosexuals will fizzle with a little pop!, and the haters will be driven underground. But I don’t count the Christian right out. The rhetoric from them is clear. I can’t believe we have to have civil disobedience over someone else’s rights. I thought we were done with that. I find the distaste for gay love unnerving. They can’t leave well enough alone. Not a thing will happen to these fuckers’ marriages, but they want to criminalize love and commitment anyway-which is pretty weird given that there is a popular notion that homosexuals are promiscuous by nature. Prediction: also 6-3 in favor of marriage.
Then there is Iran. I kinda get how they work. The fierce defiance against the West is a staple of Islam’s political culture. Their leaders have to fuel the anti-American/anti-Israel vibe to justify their potency. Condemning us is a necessity to keep the rabble in line. I feel good about the chances of a viable deal, though. We’re gonna shake through this, cooler heads have prevailed at the negotiating table and we should ignore the hostile ululating from conservatives in both countries. Prediction: 80-20 chance in favor of a good deal.
We’re on the cusp of tragedy and hope. It is an interesting time to be alive. But thinking about this week hurts my head a little.