Today is (ahem) "oversubscribed" at work, but while I usually don't post from work I left a slot for initial thoughts (so you're atypically getting this in real time). The SCOTUS Obamacare decision is an utter catastrophe for the Democratic Party. I'm actually almost speechless in admiration at how Chief Justice Roberts played this one.
Time prevents a complete update now, but here are first impressions:
1. This morning's post was spot on, even more so than I had though when I queued it up last night. This is a political issue, and the SCOTUS forced the issue. The intellectual ju-jitsu that Roberts just did to Nancy Pelosi is crystalline in its beauty. Her approach was to go so big that the court would shy away from the issue. By leaving the law in place as a tax, the Democrats are left with none of the benefits and all of the political cost of this decision. Own it, Nancy.
2. Americans really don't mind taxes when someone else pays them, but they hate taxes when they have to pay. They hate it with the fire of a thousand suns, and while this may be hypocritical of them (give me benefits but don't tax me), that's how the American people roll. This is now declared - as a matter of law - that this is a tax increase on the Middle Class. And a whopping huge one at that. Own it, Nancy.
3. Did you forget that Obamacare raided Medicare to the tune of a half trillion dollars? The Democrats are now forced to acknowledge that their philosophy is to tax poorer young people and the elderly (via reduced benefits) to implement their philosophy. I gotcher Class Warfare right here, in the Majority Opinion. Own it, Nancy.
4. The Insurance companies are screwed, and simply will not survive if the law is not repealed. Remember how "if you like your health plan, you'll be able to keep it?" Fuggetiboutit. The only things left standing in 5 years will be Medicare and Medicade (bankrupt, of course). Most people liked their existing health plans, and now will find themselves in the Progressive Utopia of Single Payer. They unsurprisingly, will hate this. Own it, Nancy.
5. Up and coming Progressive pols have had to propose bigger and bigger programs to make their name and fame. As with all systems, the big gains are at the beginning, and so with Progressive entitlements. Now we're very far down that path, and the Democrats are holding a "great victory" that has an astronomic price tag that cannot be ignored. All future Progressive proposals will be viewed with a lot more skepticism by the voters. Future Progressive pols have just been unwittingly screwed by the Democratic Party. Own it, Nancy.
Damn, I'm a jolly fellow. More tomorrow, but right now today's oversubscribed.