Saturday, June 26, 2021

The 'Conservative' Supreme Court's Love-Affair With Obamacare; Justice Alito Destroys SCOTUS Obamacare Sellout, and related stories

The 'Conservative' Supreme Court's Love-Affair With Obamacare:
Conservatives across America have to be asking themselves why they put so much time, money, and energy into electing Republicans when the supposedly conservative Supreme Court justices who follow side with the Left in important cases.
The latest jurisprudential atrocity is the high court’s dreadful but not altogether unexpected betrayal of the U.S. Constitution in California v. Texas, a challenge to the Obamacare redistribution statute lodged by Texas and 17 other states that had been backed by the former Trump administration.
“It’s never been a proper role for the federal government to regulate health care and health insurance,” Robert Henneke of the Texas Public Policy Foundation, who represented two individual plaintiffs, said after winning at the trial court level. “It is a proper role for the states.”
There are 6 conservative justices and 3 liberal justices on the Supreme Court, or so the conventional wisdom goes.
Yet instead of dealing with the legal controversy head on, a majority of the court chickened out, failing for a third time to mete out a richly deserved death blow to the flagrantly unconstitutional, un-American monstrosity that is the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). By a vote of 7–2 on June 17, the Supreme Court cavalierly brushed aside questionsof the law’s constitutional validity by finding that those challenging it lacked the required legal standing to do so.
Of the three Trump appointees, two –Justices Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett— voted to protect the ACA. Even the most brilliant member of the court, conservative stalwart Justice Clarence Thomas, bought into this cowardly nonsense, siding with the majority on standing. --->READ MORE HERE
Justice Alito Destroys SCOTUS Obamacare Sellout:
Supreme Court decisions aren't usually an entertaining read. Dissents sometimes are and Alito's dissents are notable, but this one is worth reading and rereading, not only for the biting rhetoric, but its reasoning.
"Today’s decision is the third installment in our epic Affordable Care Act trilogy, and it follows the same pattern as installments one and two. In all three episodes, with the Affordable Care Act facing a serious threat, the Court has pulled off an improbable rescue," Alito begins.
He delves into the three increasingly absurd decisions which first found that, "the 'penalty' for failing to comply with the mandate was found to be a 'tax'", and then "the Court came to the rescue by finding that the Federal Government is a "State", and now "in the trilogy’s third episode, the Court is presented with the daunting problem of a 'tax' that does not tax."
"Can the taxing power, which saved the day in the first episode, sustain such a curious creature? In 2017, Congress reduced the 'tax' imposed on Americans who failed to abide by the individual mandate to $0," Justice Alito sarcastically asks. --->READ MORE HERE
Follow links below to related stories:

Trump ‘very disappointed’ in Justices Kavanaugh, Barrett over Obamacare ruling

The Supreme Court Ducks the Obamacare Individual Mandate Again

‘Obamacare’ survives: Supreme Court dismisses big challenge

Five takeaways on the Supreme Court's Obamacare decision

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