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Limbaugh: A Dark Day for America with a Major Upside

By David Limbaugh

The Supreme Court's ruling in Obamacare v. the United States of America is yet another body blow to the U.S. Constitution's principle of limited government and the freedom tradition, but there is a major upside.

Despite President Obama's opposition to an individual mandate when he was debating Hillary Clinton during the Democratic presidential primaries and despite his post election insistence that Obamacare's mandate does not constitute a tax, his lawyers insisted otherwise, and the Supreme Court bought it. So we have a law with enormous reach -- one-seventh to one-sixth of the economy -- having been fundamentally misrepresented to the American people from the beginning.

Conservatives who believe that the Constitution should be interpreted according to the plain meaning of its language and the original intent of the Framers have long been troubled by the court's decisions expanding the commerce clause to authorize Congress to regulate the most local of matters within a state's borders.

Many legal analysts were predicting the court would declare the mandate unconstitutional because it goes further than all other previous cases in forcing Americans to purchase a commodity. Surely, they reasoned, the court would not go that far.

Well, as it turns out, the court didn't have to. It simply chose to consider the mandate a tax rather than a fine or penalty and held that the court has ample authority under the general welfare clause to impose a tax. Voila, problem solved.

There is little to be gained at this point in crying over spilled judicial milk. That chapter, on this essential issue, is closed for now. But the substantive issues -- the questions of the wisdom of the law itself and the people's opinion about it -- are very much alive, especially considering that we have our national elections in November.

It is not an overstatement to say that Obamacare was the single most important catalyst leading to the tea party movement. Americans were outraged and horrified by this president's reckless spending and his endless assaults on the Constitution, but no issue drove them to rise up and fight back like Obamacare -- both the abominable legislative monstrosity itself and the tyrannical, corrupt manner by which Obama crammed it through the legislative process.

Americans oppose Obamacare because they understand that it is inconsistent with our liberties and our idea of limited government and that it will destroy the best health care system in the world.

Almost everything about Obamacare has been a lie. Let's just start with the gloating Democrats' assertion that the court has validated their effort to make quality health care affordable for every American.

Contrary to Obama's misrepresentations, Obamacare will bend the cost curve up, not down, and will do so significantly; the Congressional Budget Office has already told us that it will cost almost double what Obama promised. The law's other main ostensible purpose -- to increase access -- is another sham.

There is a world of difference between increasing the number of people who have insurance coverage and increasing their actual access to quality medical care, and it's care that we should be concerned about, not insurance. The only way health care costs under a socialized system can be contained at all is by rationing. This is the history of every other socialized health care system in the world. It is the history of Medicare. It is why Obamacare creates an egregious 15-member bureaucratic board -- the Independent Payment Advisory Board -- that will make decisions as to the costs of treatments. As a necessary consequence, the patients' choices of and access to various treatments will both be severely diminished under Obamacare.

The quality of health care will also diminish. Doctors are already planning to leave the medical profession in droves. They are advising their family and friends not to choose the profession. People are not being allowed to keep their plans as Obama cynically promised. The Willis survey reports that only 30 percent of employers will keep their same plans under Obamacare.

The anxiety brought on by Obamacare -- including that brought on by the tsunami of additional federal rules, regulations and taxes it will impose on small businesses -- is having a crippling effect on job creation in this country. Seventy-four percent of small businesses say they are not expanding because of Obamacare.

The American people overwhelmingly oppose this federal power grab, which is why Mitt Romney and the Republican Party had better read their cue cards and understand that now is not the time for fecklessness. It is the time to draw clear contrasts between the Republican vision and the Obama record.

I believe that this ruling by the court will reinvigorate the tea party movement in a way that nothing else could have and, provided Republicans don't blow it by refusing to take the gloves off in the campaign, could help lead to a GOP landslide in November.

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David Limbaugh is a writer, author and attorney. His latest book, "The Great Destroyer," is available now. Follow him on Twitter @davidlimbaugh and his website at www.davidlimbaugh.com.

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  1. abkrComment by abkr
    June 29, 2012 @ 10:35 pm

    The Republicans failed to stop the Health Care Bill from becoming law. Republicans spent millions of dollars in an attempt to convince Americans the bill was bad but it passed and became law anyway; with only very limited help from Republicans. Frustrated with their failure to stop the bill Republicans again spent millions more fighting the new law in lower courts. Numerous State Governors falling in place behind GOP leaders filed law suits in lower courts at a tremendous cost to tax payers in time, resources and funding. Failing again the new law went to the Supreme Court and again it was upheld.

    In every incident the Republicans have been defeated but they still want to go on fighting the law, spending millions of dollars in what by now should be obvious; they are wrong.

    They have succeeded in convincing a great number of people that the law is bad but in reality less then one in 3800 people have read any part of the law and know only what they have heard. When the American people understand the law and understand the “Internal Development” tactics of the Republicans they will support the law.

    There is without a doubt parts in the law that need attention and fixing but the idea that the law is wrong and unacceptable is an opinion shared by few, loudly proclaimed by funded sources, and accepted and repeated by those who are easily led and influenced.

    It is time the Republicans stopped wasting time, money and valuable time. It is time they got on board and started working to repair a wounded and crippled America. It is time they took the job enumerated in the Constitution serious and started working for America, America first and party second.

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    • BillzillaComment by Billzilla
      June 29, 2012 @ 11:11 pm

      The Republicans attempted to make a number of suggestions to improve Obamacare, only to be rebuffed by Obama, when he told them the election was over and that he’d won. Go back and do a little research before discrediting one side or the other.

      Tort reform, tailoring health insurance policies to individual needs, and competition for consumer dollars between competing insurance companies, will do more to lower costs and provide the high levels of health care that we desire, than the monstrosity that was rammed down our throats ever will.

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    • willyrhoComment by willyrho
      June 30, 2012 @ 11:35 am

      Only 1 in 1,000,000 have looked at Obama’s self released Birth Certificate and all of them that speak Truth say it is a Forgery/Fraud. It is all in the Lies of the Liars. All that have seriously analyzed it say it is a forgery fraud and he is not Lawfully the President. Isn’t it more important that an unlawful POTUS signed a bill that is Not Lawful because he is unlawfully the President. The SCOTUS denied any review of Obama’s eligibility 20 times. They are all traitors. They should all be tried and if found guilty, Hung.

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    • JDZComment by JDZ
      June 30, 2012 @ 6:08 pm

      Just because a Democratic controlled Congress basically had to bribe Democrats to vote for the bill and used a process called “reconciliation” to keep it from getting a second vote in the House after changes were made, and just because the only bipartisan voting in Congress was against the bill (12 Dems voted against the bill…no Republicans for the bill) does not…DOES NOT…mean it is good legislation at all. Every major legislative bills like SS, Medicare, etc. in the past was supported by both political parties, and Obamacare has not.

      The Supreme Court Chief Justice wimped out and kicked the can down the road to the election in November admitting that the bill may be constitutional, but that it is not their responsibility to assess whether or not it is good legislation, that job is up to the voters.

      Most of the American people have been against this bill from the outset, and this liberal excuse that it is because they do not “understand” the value added of the bill is hogwash. The American people realize that the federal government cannot manage to provide any product or service efficiently and within promised budget spending. Every major government run business or service (USPS, AMTRAK, SS, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, Medicare and Medicaid) are in deep financial trouble and continue to have to be bailed out with taxpayer and borrowed money.

      Medicare is not in good shape because of the suppressing nature of the government oversight and regulations, many doctors are dropping out of the program and refusing to see patients, and are either retiring or moving over to private clinics. The program has grown into a bureucratic behemoth that is feeding on itself with increased operating costs every year without improving anything, while continuing to cut payments to doctors. It is a mess. The same attitude, but worse, is prevalent in the medical community about Obamacare.

      Maybe you need to really look into what is going on around you and stop listening to the liberal diatribe that is designed to keep you in the dark even though some of this should be obvious even to you. The Republicans, conservatives, or even the Tea Party followers, of which many are on social security or Medicare, and have been around for a few years and can see the risks associated with giving the federal government control of 1/6th of our economy to start with, let alone nearly 100% of our healthcare between Medicare, Medicaid, and now Obamacare.

      There are better ways to solve the premise for Obamacare that do not require putting in place the largest tax increase in the history of our country, which is how the liberals are going to attempt to pay for the program. There are 21 different taxes built into the program estimated to raise $750 Billion over the ten year pan between 2014 and 2024 with 75% of it collected from families with incomes below $250,000 per year (our middle class).

      Are you till OK with this monstrosity…if so, then vote for Obama, who by the way has also done nothing to turn around the economy. If he gets re-elected, it will be a loss loss for everyone, regardless of party or ethnic background.

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  2. bfranklinComment by bfranklin
    June 30, 2012 @ 11:40 am

    Great informative article, however most Americans know that the U.S. no longer has the best healthcare system in the world. It may have the best surgeons if you get in an accident and need emergency treatment, but the U.S. is only 39th in the world for the return on investment on money spent to quality outcomes and life expectancy. The U.S. is the lowest of all the industrialized countries for life expectancy and things only continue to go down hill as Bir Pharma owns the medical industry and is intent on making money- not preventative health or making people healthy. That is what the natural health industry is about- preventative care and getting and keeping people healthy. Big Pharma and the current medical elites are intent on making money by making people sick and keeping them sick!

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