Daily Archives: June 28, 2012

Supreme Court upholds healthcare law as tax measure

The Los Angeles Times and CBS News have the simplest and most concise telling of the story that I have found so far, Supreme Court upholds healthcare law as tax measure.

The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of President Obama’s healthcare law Thursday, ruling the government may impose tax penalties on persons who do not have health insurance.

If you want to get ahead of CBS News, see how fast you can read the 193 page decision.

You don’t suppose any of the media will cover the story of how they all read “the body language” of the Supreme Court Justices to mis-predict the outcome?

So the Supreme Court isn’t completely hopeless after all. Despite the poor presentation of the Obama administration, the court did manage to find its own reasons why this law is Constitutional. (I have to walk that last statement back. Upon reading some of the 193 page decision, I see that the tax angle was part of the Government’s case.)

On page 15 of the decision, I found:

The Government advances two theories for the proposition that Congress had constitutional authority to enact the individual mandate. First, the Government argues that Congress had the power to enact the mandate under the Commerce Clause. Under that theory, Congress may order individuals to buy health insurance because the failure to do so affects interstate commerce, and could undercut the Affordable Care Act’s other reforms. Second, the Government argues that if the commerce power does not support the mandate, we should nonetheless uphold it as an exercise of Congress’s power to tax. According to the Government, even if Congress lacks the power to direct individuals to buy insurance, the only effect of the individual mandate is to raise taxes on those who do not do so, and thus the law may be upheld as a tax.

Elizabeth Warren blasts Mitt Romney as she introduces President Obama in Boston

The Boston Globe has the story Elizabeth Warren blasts Mitt Romney as she introduces President Obama in Boston.

Democratic Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren lambasted Republican Mitt Romney Monday as she introduced his general election opponent, President Obama, at a Boston fund-raiser.

Teeing off on the former Massachusetts governor, Warren told a full house at Symphony Hall: “Mitt Romney tells us, in his own words, he believes corporations are people. No, Mitt, corporations are NOT people. People have hearts. They have kids. They get jobs. They get sick. They love and they cry and they dance. They live and they die. Learn the difference.”

Obama also attacked Romney during his 40-minute speech, but his remarks lacked the bite of the line uttered by Warren.

“Mitt, learn this,” she added. “We don’t run this country for corporations; we run it for people.”
“She has been a fierce advocate since before I knew her,” Obama said. “She is going to be an outstanding senator from Massachusetts.”

There is probably more video of her remarks on the web. I just haven’t found it yet.

Political Theater Produced And Directed By Scott Brown

Rachel Maddow offers a critique of Scott Brown’s latest political theater productions. After which Elizabeth Warren talks about real issues.

The Republicans must realize what shaky ground on which they stand with regard to the number one issue on most people’s minds, jobs and the economy. This is why they invent as many other things as they can that they think will divert people from realizing how many people they know who are unemployed.

Elizabeth Warren doesn’t seem to have any trouble focusing on what matters.

It is up to you, the voter, to decide what kind of politics you will reward with your vote. Are you going to let one side off the hook for their disastrous ideas on how to run an economy and a society by letting them divert your attention away from the issues that really matter? Or are you capable of keeping focused on the bread and butter issues that affect you on a daily, if not hourly, basis?

They distract, you decide.