“I note that in 2008, then-Senator Obama supported a health care reform proposal that did not include an individual mandate because he was at that time strongly opposed to the idea, stating that ‘if a mandate was the solution, we can try that to solve homelessness by mandating everybody to buy a house.’”
Judge Roger Vinson (a footnote at the end of his 78-page ruling)
As Judge Vinson took down the federal law on health care today...he probably embarrassed the President a fair bit. This comment by then-Senator Obama during his campaign...came back to be a major issue.
Is the health care law done? Well....it'll still go to the Supreme Court, but a major part of what the Supreme Court might say....is laid out by Judge Vinson.
My perception....as I wrote months ago....is that this was all anticipated and part of the eventual goal. Once the Supreme Court knocks the law down....it becomes the number one topic of the 2012 political election. You can't avoid that. The deal is to get enough votes to ensure President Obama wins, and enough Democratic Senators stay on. Then you wait for a potential right-leaning Supreme Court Justice to retire from ill health. If it doesn't happen over that four-year period.....ok, no big deal.
I realize some folks are upset about this being tossed down, but if they had good intentions....they would have done something about malpractice insurance and allowed health policies could cross state borders. Neither is mentioned in 2,000 pages of text within the law. Both would have likely taken the cost of healthcare down by thirty percent.
The bottom line here? Nothing. We simply go onto round two, then round three, and then round four. That's the wonderful thing about America today.....we can't fix anything, and we really don't care.