OBAMACARE IN THE CROSSHAIRS


Yes, I know, “crosshairs” is a violent, military (and therefore white male) image, and now countless minority children will surely die because I wrote that.

Anyway…

The Supreme Court’s discussion of the merits and demerits of Obamacare is over, and the Justices will now retire to ponder the issue.  I cannot predict which way the decision will go, but the following exchange of several Justices with Deputy Solicitor General Kneedler is illustrative of the main burden of Obamacare (h/t PJMedia) and therefore an outstanding reason for striking it down:

Justice Scalia scolded the Deputy SG at the idea that the Court should go through every part of the 2,700 page law to decide which particular provisions should be kept.  He clearly thought that was impractical.  Justice Ginsburg made the half-joking suggestion that the government sit down with the challengers and try to agree on which provisions are peripheral, which Kneedler said could not be done.  Scalia quipped that they could issue a conference report just like congressional committees do when they are trying to iron out differences between the Senate and House on a bill.

Justice Scalia’s comment is key.  If Supreme Court Justices, whose task it is, after all, to tell us if Obamacare is constitutional, find it impractical to read and understand it, where does that leave the rest of us poor schmucks?  (And, not having themselves read it and therefore depending on advocate briefs, how will they ever be able to make an intelligent decision?)

The sheer size and impenetrability of the Obamacare fascicle has been the sticking point for two years now.  Representative Bachmann pointed out a few days ago that the original 2,700 pages have now been joined by over 10,000 pages of additional rules and regulations, and much more is surely coming.  This, she rightly said, is a monster that will never stop growing in size and incomprehensibility.  As a result, no one will know again, at any moment on any day, whether he is a criminal under Obamacare.

Now, my layman’s understanding of the notion of “law” is that the law is a set of firm guidelines that gives those living under it some sense of stability to their lives and fortunes.  There is always room for reinterpretation, of course, but there is also a fundamental stability that makes civilized life possible.  (Yes, I do mean civilized life.)

But if a law is so complex and incomprehensible that no one can get even a partial understanding of it, then any and every interpretation is possible, and no interpretation is potentially any better than any other.  (In other words, it is a perfect post-modern environment.).

In that case, there is effectively no law.  With no comprehensible law in place, the only guidance is the interpretation of a few brahmins who have no accountability to anyone and whose opinion may change depending on whether they like or dislike the necktie (or the politics, or whatever) of whoever happens to be arguing a point in front of them.

The inimitably silly Nancy Pelosi had quipped two years ago that we’ll have to pass the law to find out what’s in it.  (It’s a sure bet that she didn’t know either, except that she clearly understood Obamacare as a massive increase in government’s power and therefore her own power.)  Well, two years later, we do know that it already means job security for thousands of government bureaucrats and that children don’t have to leave home until they are 26, but the rest of it is still a murky mess whose costs keep increasing exponentially.

Obamacare’s declaratory intention have have been to fix some real problems in American medical care (as well as many imaginary ones), but its size, complexity and incomprehensibility only provide a massive step toward a police state.  To put it simply: you control health, and you control life.  Medicine directly addresses issues of life and survival; and where there is no choice, people will allow themselves to be ruled and do a lot of morally compromising things to obtain it.  No wonder that one of the first things Lenin grabbed for in 1918 was medical care.  No wonder that medicine was the most heavily politicized discipline in National Socialist Germany.

Obamacare’s size and incomprehensibility are sufficient reasons to toss it in its entirety and to start anew.  Its place as a keystone in the arch of Obama’s vision of an America twistedtransformed makes it an absolutely necessary one.

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About Michael J. Kubat

I'm a grumpy Czech-born clinical social worker who is vitally interested in the survival in the United States as a viable democracy and a beacon of hope for the rest of the world.
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