Waiting UPDATED: SCOTUS upholds Obamacare as a TAX?!

With millions of other Americans to hear the SCOTUS ruling on Obamacare this morning. Praying it’s overrulled. Wondering what will happen if it’s not.

Heading to Legal Insurrection. Fox News on. (pjKid was sorely disappointed. We came downstairs to “turn on the tv,” an unusual occurance at best. “To watch NEWS?” she asked, incredulous.)

UPDATE: I’m in shock. My stomach hurts. And I’m not sure if it’s labor pains or the sinking feeling that the newest addition to the pjFamilia will live under a regime where oppressive taxation (as long as it’s called taxation) is the norm.

I need a dose of Rush. It will be a long 90 minutes.

UPDATE 2: A needed dose of pep talk from Professor Jacobson at LI:

Consider this Pep Talk IV.

Was it over when Harry Reid pushed Obamacare through at Christmas time in December 2009?

Not when voters took to the booth and elected Scott Brown.

Was it over when Nancy Pelosi and House Democrats were forced to accept the Senate version so that reconciliation could be used, as she marched to the Capitol with large gavel in hand?

Not when the nation rose up and threw the Democrats out of power in the House in 2010.

Is it over now that the Supreme Court has upheld the mandate on the basis of a taxing power which Democrats expressly disavowed while passing Obamacare?

Not unless we allow Barack Obama to be reelected and the Democrats to hold the Senate.

You know what you have to do.

Damn skippy I do.

UPDATE 3: Still waiting on my Rush. Played Candy Land. Read “Bread and Jam for Frances.” And just snuck back on the computer to read this from Ed Morrissey:

 The Supreme Court has signed off on what is, in very practical terms, a tax levied by the insurance industry on Americans simply for existing.  It’s an amazing, and fearsome, decision that really should have both Right and Left horrified.

Nevertheless, this is the law of the land.  We can now look forward to taxes levied by the auto industry for not having bought a new car in the last seven years, the liquor industry for buying too few bottles of wine to maintain your health, and by the agricultural industry for not buying that damned broccoli after all. We might even have Obama attempt to impose a tax for not buying enough contraception; we can call that the Trojan tax.

Now I need my dose of Rush more than ever. Lesson learned: I’d rather play another round of Candy Land than get depressed. Or unpack a few more boxes for fun. Anything.

4: See also Pundette. The shock of Roberts being the “savior” of Obamacare when Kennedy sided with the dissent  rankles. And will for quite some time.


2 Responses

  1. @badbmaran, I know. What strikes me most is the example of Mass–that they now pay (as a whole) more for insurance than any other state. This is such a mess.

  2. Can you say progressive tax? Lower middle class (not Medicaid eligible) still won’t be able to afford the $300 per month for insurance. Now they have to pay the $750 tax for not buying the insurance. Add another line to the 1040

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