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Just who does this President Obama think he is? Even Nixon acquiesced to the courts and turned over his career ending recordings.
Maybe he was inspired by former Ohio Governor Taft who ignored the Ohio Supreme Court when it came to public school funding, but that’s another story for another place.
Monday, U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson ruled the Democrat law unconstitutional.
This makes Obama care void and no longer the law of the land.
But not to the Obama administration:
Senior administration officials vowed on Monday to continue with the full implementation of President Obama’s health-care reform law despite a federal judge’s decision declaring the law unconstitutional and void in its entirety.
When federal judge Roger Vinson issued his decision declaring ObamaCare unconstitutional, I wrote that a major showdown was looming this year. I was referring to moves by Senate Republicans to repeal all or portions of the law and the administration’s expected appeal of Judge Vinson’s decision. I further commented that this case would eventually be decided by the Supreme Court as neither side was likely to rest until all legal and options had been exhausted. What I did not expect was the President and his administration would choose to simply ignore a judge’s order. Based on the language in the ruling, it is clear Judge Vinson did not expect this to happen either.
That is not an idle question.
The victors in this law suit are acting as if the Judge’s ruling is indeed binding:
In the wake of U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson’s ruling that the federal health care legislation is unconstitutional, Florida insurance commissioner Kevin McCarty returned a $1 million federal grant awarded to the state to assist with reforms. The money would have paid for a system to provide information to consumers on the rates of large-group insurers.
Florida is putting its money where its lawsuit’s mouth is.
President Barack Obama’s signature health care overhaul is now unenforceable in Utah, the state’s top lawyer says.
The judge didn’t issue a restraining order, but he said his ruling was the “functional equivalent” of an injunction, complicating implementation of the act in the 26 states that sued.
“It is our legal opinion that we are no longer bound by the act,” said Utah Deputy Attorney General John Swallow. “That is the advice we’ll give the governor.”
The Senate Judiciary Committee held its first-ever hearing on the constitutionality of ObamaCare yesterday, and talk about a barn door closing. After federal Judge Roger Vinson struck down on Monday the entire statute in a suit brought by 26 states, some states are already suspending any efforts to comply with its regulations and mandates.
“For Wisconsin, the federal health-care law is dead,” Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen said in a statement, unless Judge Vinson’s decision is stayed by the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. Florida Governor Rick Scott said he had no intention of wasting “time and money” executing the for-now defunct law, and his insurance commissioner returned a $1 million federal assistance grant. Idaho will also freeze implementation, and we hope the remaining 23 states will join the rejectionists.
For all the liberal squawking, Florida, et al., are well within their legal rights: A federal court issued a binding judgment voiding the law, with Judge Vinson noting that he trusted the Administration would obey the “long-standing presumption” that such a judgment is “the functional equivalent of an injunction.”
Yet the White House and Health and Human Services have already said they’ll continue running ObamaCare as if nothing has changed. Imagine the rule-of-law furor if the Bush Administration had said a wiretapping or other civil liberties ruling didn’t matter.
Yes, imagine Bush just ignoring a court’s decision.
Last March this writer wrote that the Democrats owned your health care. Never before in our history did one party rule attempt to change American economics and society. And now we are witnessing the rejection of one party rule as it pertains to health care and the government’s role in it.
At the ballot box we citizens voted out those who ignored our pleas, our shouts, and our protests.
The House voted to repeal Obama care.
The Senate voted and along strict party lines the repeal effort failed:
Senate Democrats remained united on Wednesday in killing a Republican effort to repeal the health care bill signed into law last March.
All Republicans voted together in favor of the McConnell-sponsored amendment. The vote was 47-51.
The House passed the repeal measure last month.
But the defeat of the equivalent legislation in the Senate means that the ultimate fate of the health care bill will likely not be settled until the Supreme Court hears an expected constitutional challenge to the law — particularly its mandate that most Americans buy insurance.
If you are scoring at home: that is one chamber for repeal, one chamber against repeal, two courts upholding the law, and two courts finding against it.
Obama and the constitution are on a collision course.
Nine justices will decide the fate of our liberty.
If congress can mandate any action of its citizens is no action off limits?
Today we are citizens…but for how long until we are deemed mere subjects by congressional mandate.
Another domino drops as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) aka Obama-care is ruled unconstitutional.
U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson’s ruling follows the newly seated Republican controlled house’s vote to completely repeal it.
So far 20 plus six late coming (newly Republican winning) states are suing. This was just one case, one step, on the way to securing the state’s and the people’s rights against the Federal government.
What is important in this ruling is that it completely voids the entire PPACA law as unconstitutional.
The entire unread law is voided.
Key to the ruling is the highly controversial mandate to force citizens to purchase insurance against their will under penalty of law.
The mandate is the keystone that holds the entire law; without it reform collapses.
But that is not what voided the law.
Because citizens were so outraged not just by the reform provisions but by the very unseemly process of creating the bill that in Massachusetts they did the unthinkable: they voted a very moderate Republican to take the seat once sat in by the very Liberal Ted Kennedy. Scott Brown proudly campaigned and won as the 41st senator to vote against this reform.
This led the Democrats to change plans drastically and pass what they had already passed before Brown was elected and sworn in.
And when that happened a very important clause or phrase was left out of the entire 2700 page monstrosity: Severability Clause. In the millions upon millions of words within Obama-care they left out perhaps the most important ones:
If any provision or provisions of this Agreement shall be held to be invalid, illegal, unenforceable or in conflict with the law of any jurisdiction, the validity, legality and enforceability of the remaining provisions shall not in any way be affected or impaired thereby.
Keep in mind that just because this court’s ruling seems to track the will of a majority of citizens, the will of the people; it is not the will of the people who have won. No, the will of the Constitution has won.
The government’s mandate against the people is struck down.
Will Obama follow the mandate of the court?
We will just have to wait and see.
Vinson Declares PPACA Unconstitutional
Entire health care reform struck down by Judge Vinson as ‘unconstitutional’
White House vows to implement health care reform, despite judge’s ruling
Judge uses Obama’s words against him
Judge strikes down healthcare reform law
This blogger was going to post something about his Easter traditions and spending time with his daughter. But instead this guy went to Drudge and found the following story from the Washington Post about President Obama working dangerously without a teleprompter:
When will Obama learn? Without his handlers pulling the marionette strings and an experienced ventriloquist reading the approved script, Obama thinking and speaking (the secret service no longer allows him to chew gum) at the same time may just blow the entire con-game Rahm Emanuel has “crisis” engineered.
Anne E. Kornblut writes:
Even by President Obama’s loquacious standards, an answer he gave here on health care Friday was a doozy.
Doozy doesn’t describe the president’s impromptu spin dance moves as he tries to not answer a concerned citizen’s question about raising taxes with health care. Because as Doris, the citizen questioner puts it: “We are over-taxed as it is.”
Kornblut (will she lose her job for this?) says Doris was blunt.
It must have been because this blunt question and statement seemed to bludgeon Obama into severe verbal dooziness.
If the experience of Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher (aka Joe the Plumber) is any guide, Doris can expect the full force of the MSM’s investigative reporters ferreting out every aspect of her life in an attempt to destroy her to protect Obama. Doris needs to enter the Obama Questioner Protection Program.
Mercifully, Kornblut does not give us Obama’s complete answer. For that we can blame (or thank) Major Garrett of Fox News.
Here is Obama’s complete doozy of an answer: Obama’s 17 Minute, 14 Second Answer on Higher Taxes and Health Care.
I will sit here and wait until your finished reading it…ok? Done? Let’s move on.
Getting back to Kornblut’s original post; scroll down to the comments about her story. You will find a majority of the comments oppose President Obama and the Democrats’ health care reform and other policies. More so, they oppose him as president. The Post is one of the bastions of liberalism. Something terribly wrong is going on here for Obama and the Democrats.
Obama is out selling a reform that is the law and is blowing it big time.
Memo to Emanuel: Never let a crisis go to waste. We citizens won’t this November.
Every problem, every denial, every endless wait, every mistake, every…they now own.
Every tax increase to cover the inevitable deficits, every blue balled commission to fix and restore it from bankruptcy, every rationing of care from pushing down the cost curve…they own.
Write it down.
Commit it to memory.
The Democrats now own your health care.
The undreamed of procedures, the new miracle drugs, the yet undiscovered cures, the hope of new not invented technology that will never ever be created…they own.
The missing doctors and nurses and health care aides…they own.
The clinics, offices, and hospitals closed…they own.
The Democrats own every bit, every scrap, and every part of health care now.
219 to 212.
Never before have I witnessed such an overarching change to our society without bipartisan and public support.
We have tried to fix our historic ills together.
Only one other time we could not.
Slavery was not a bipartisan fix. It required a deeply bitterly divided nation to meet face to face on a battlefield: 618,000 died to settle the question.
Our fixes to racial problems caused by federal and state interference in matters of race were resolved more or less peacefully. Bipartisanship worked to enact civil rights laws.
We went to numerous wars together. Even the wars that started or became unpopular were bipartisan ventures. As were the peace treaties that followed.
But not tonight.
Tonight, the Democrats own your health care.
Congressman Bart Stupak, the alleged pro-life Democrat, voted yes for this bill. It wasn’t a surprise to me because he voted for it last November. But the heat was on Mr. Stupak to not vote for the Senate bill that passed tonight because it was weaker in its prohibition of taxpayer funds for abortion.
Mr. Stupak needed political cover for his yes vote. He got it courtesy of President Obama’s executive order.
Stupak made a deal, a pro-life deal with the most pro-abortion president in history.
He made a deal with a president whose first executive order reversed President Bush’s anti-international funding of abortion order.
He made a deal with a man who twice voted for infanticide.
He made a deal with a proven liar.
He made a deal to sell out the Constitution on the promises made by Obama, Pelosi, and Reid.
Stupak was always going to vote yes, he needed Obama to cover his ass with a faux executive order.
That he got.
The abortion language was not an issue or else the NOW and NARAL gang would be screaming like grrls who saw a mouse.
Every tax payer funded aborted baby is now owned by Representative Bart Stupak.
Congratulations, sir, on being the midwife for Obama-Care.
You will never be able to scrub your hands clean enough.
When the roll call of those who voted for this health care bill is made public, please note their names and their phone numbers.
These are the people you must call each and every time something goes awry with your health care.
They own it.
We will never be the same, again.
The Democrats own our health care.
I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God.
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President Barak Obama was introduced today by Natoma Canfield’s sister Connie Anderson.
Canfield is the woman who survived breast cancer 16 years ago. She decided to drop her medical insurance as the premiums became too expansive. She is without medical insurance now.
Canfield wrote about her insurance expenses to President Obama and has become his latest human interest story to help him try and sell his Health Care Reform plan. This is the letter Canfield wrote the president.
Dear President Obama
I am 50 years old. I was diagnosed with carcinoma in-situ 16 years ago and following my divorce 12 years ago I became self-employed. After my Cobra ran out I was able to find costly, but affordable health insurance. As a responsible individual, I have struggled to maintain my individual coverage and have increased my deductible and out of pocket-limits in an attempt to control my cost and keep my health insurance.
Last year (2009) my insurance premium was increased over 25% even though I increased my deductible and out of pocket to the highest limits available. I paid out over $6075.24 in premiums, $2415.26 for medical care, $225 in co-pays and $1500 for prescriptions. I never reached my deductible of $2500 so the insurance company only paid out a total $935.32 to my providers.
I must repeat, in 2009 my insurance company received $6075.24 in premiums and paid out only $935.32! Incredibly I have just been notified that my premium for next year 2010 has been increased over 40% to $8496.24($708.02 per month)!!!! This is the same insurance company I have been with for over 11 cancer free years!!!
I need your Health reform bill to help me!!! I simply can no longer afford to pay for my health care costs!! Thanks to this incredible premium increase demanded by my insurance company, January will be my last month of insurance.
I live in the house my mother & father built in 1958 and I am so afraid of the possibility I might loose this family heirloom as a result of my being forced to drop my health care insurance. The health insurance industry technically has not denied me insurance directly, but indirectly they have by increasing my costs. They perceive me as becoming a higher risk factor to them despite being a loyal customer. I will never be able to obtain new health insurance due to the lack of real competition.
We are talking about Anthem who apparently has no respect for your attempts to reform the health insurance industry.
Please stay focused in your reform attempts as I and many others are in desperate need of your help.
When Obama scheduled his trip to Cleveland promoting his brand of reform, he deliberately chose Strongsville, a nominally Republican suburb, so he could meet and have Canfield introduce him. Sadly, because she was recently diagnosed with leukemia, Canfield could not attend Obama’s speaking engagement. That was why she had her sister do the honors in her place.
And where was Canfield? Why she was at the Cleveland Clinic one of the greatest hospitals in the world and one of the crown jewels of Cleveland hospitals getting treatment for her leukemia sans insurance.
Canfield is being treated without insurance, without Obama-care, without reform, without question she is getting the care she needs.
Obama and the Democrats love putting a human face, a sad tragic human face onto their argument for their reform.
But this is the other face they refuse to see and talk about. The face of humanitarian caring that doesn’t require a government takeover of health care.
And this face is sadly, tragically, the face the media won’t show you.
Postscript: I wish Natoma well. Lymphoma has been a part of my life since 2001 when my wife was diagnosed. She is now in remission and soon will be declared cured. The other crown jewel of hospitals, University Hospital Ireland Cancer Center treated her. You can donate to the Linda Trivisonno Endownment Fund if you desire.
God speed, Natoma. God speed.
Strongsville, Ohio is the latest stop of the year-long Obama Magical Mystery Health Care Bill Tour. And mystery bill is correct because even Madame Nancy doesn’t know what’s in it “… we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it…” says the Madame Speaker.
The President’s tour is held over and adding dates and tour stops because of strong public demand: the public demands he and his cohorts kill the bill! Yet, the show drones on. And on.
Back in the bad old Bush days the left complained of his endless slogs of warfare, quagmires in Afghanistanand then Iraq, with no exit strategy to speak of. Now, with Obama, Pelosi, and Reid how things have hopelessly changed: endless slogs of health care reform debate, legislative quagmires in The House and Senate, and no exit strategy to speak of.
The difference: one president was using his elective power to bring freedom and liberty to others while keeping us safe and secure; the other wants power to remove our freedom and liberty while making us unsafe and insecure with our health care system.
So Obama arrives hoping his magical stage shtick still works.
This tired show has been running off and on in and out of the Beltway for more than a year. It isn’t playing well here in the sticks. The reviews stink. The act tired. The script in need of a major rewrite or scrapped completely.
And the audience seems eager to change the supporting cast this November and the main star as soon as legally possible (he is under a constitutionally iron-clad contract until 2012).
But the team of magicians Obama, Pelosi, and Reid think they just need to keep repeating the same lines the same acts until you finally get it. What they fail to understand is that you have, really have, gotten it. And you as the paying (over paying) audience want it to close now.
And the irony is that there is a way out for Obama and company. Let the mean Republicans be the foil. Let them be the ones to kill the bill. People will feel sympathy and empathy for those doomed by bad reviews. Don’t they just love to hate Simon from American Idol for being so mean and nasty to the kids just trying so hard for their big break?
You tried but the Republicans failed you.
Then make an appearance on Oprah! telling your tale of tearful woe; group hug with Harry and Nan to follow.
Until then, I am heating up my tea kettle.
I hope traffic is shut down in Strongsville by the thousands who will turn out opposing the bill.
Obama and company should be grateful that it was the Boston Tea Party we emulate and not the Rotting Eggs and Tomatoes Party.
Please read Full Court Press on the Slaughter Rule in NRO.
What are rules of the house to people who don’t even follow the Constitution?
I don’t know what part of last summer’s Tea Party and town hall uproar they missed.
Additionally, some House Democrats are hoping to avoid a straightforward vote on the Senate-passed health care bill. Instead, they want a procedural vote that would simply declare the measure to have passed at the moment the Senate cleared the fix-it bill.
Rep. Louise Slaughter, D-N.Y., chairwoman of the House Rules Committee, said that approach was under discussion. But other officials said no decisions had been made.
Rahm-bama and his useful democracy usurpers in the PEE-U-losi house will try anything outside the rules of law to shove Obama-Pelosi-Reid-Care down our throats.
At the Capitol, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said that after days of secretive talks, key Democrats were “pretty close” to accord on additional subsidies to help lower-income families purchase insurance, more aid for states under the Medicaid program for low-income Americans and additional help for seniors who face a coverage gap under current Medicare drug plans.
This tells me that the house Deems do not have the votes for a normal yea /nae vote we all have seen on C-SPAN. If Madame Nancy had the votes, she’d schedule a vote and it would happen. No vote is scheduled. This is why she needs a willing partner like Rep. Slaughter to (excuse me) slaughter our constitution as they steal freedom & liberty through the guise of health care reform.
Fortunately Obama’s economic policies have not caught up to me or I may be a full time blogger who is more broke than ever. The other advantage to having a job (does 30 years make it a career?) is work gets in the way of such things as Obama’s Health Care Summit.
My opinion was it would be farce but too boring to be any where near entertaining. Maybe they should have had Conan O’Brien produce it as he has time on his hands and this show definitely would not have violated any no-compete clause.
Here are reviews you may have missed:
What Was Obama Thinking? by Tunku Varadarajan of The Daily Beast. Key excerpts:
What on earth was President Obama thinking when he decided to convene this weird little powwow? Was he trying to make the Republicans look bad—retrograde ogres who would leave uninsured babies to die in their cribs? If so, he didn’t succeed at all. On the contrary, they came out of it looking rather alert and grownup.
What was so striking about the summit was the preparedness of the Republicans. All of them had done their homework: Lamar Alexander, Tom Coburn, Jon Kyl, John McCain, Dave Camp, John Barrasso, and Paul Ryan.
The Democrats, by contrast, suffered from an acute case of “anecdotitis” (is it a preexisting condition?): Almost all of them delivered speeches that boasted a story or two meant to tug at the heart.
This constant argument-by-anecdote was relentlessly populist; but it was also fatally weak, as it was the infantilizing of a national audience, an invitation to Americans to wince and say, “Gee, things are bad out there. We need this bill!”
Please read Peggy Noonan’s More Boor Than Cure: The summit persuaded nobody. It probably wasn’t meant to.:
It’s already de rigueur to say no normal humans were watching, but on a snowy day on the Eastern Seaboard, with a maturing population, in a nation of TV watchers, and on a subject that for a year has aroused passions, plenty of normal people would have been watching.
Which is not, I think, good news for the president. Mr. Obama will not have helped himself by his manner. The summit highlighted, even showcased, something unappealing and unhelpful there, a tendency to attempt to show dominance and command by patronizing, even subtly bullying, even trimming. All people in public life have moments like this—most people do, in whatever walk—but you’re not supposed to have them when you’re trying to sway minds, reach out and build support.
And finally (because I am tired of searching and reading about this, too) please read this review:Lights, Camera, (In)Action: President Obama Convenes Healthcare Confab from The New American (bold italics mine):
Irrespective of party affiliation, not one of the speakers referred to the fact that regardless of the charitable nature of extending healthcare to all Americans, there is no authorization in the Constitution for legislating in this area, particularly the Tenth Amendment-busting mandate that all Americans purchase a qualifying medical care insurance policy. There was not to be found a single defender of our nation’s founding document or of the holy trinity of Republican government: separation of powers, federalism, and enumerated powers.