Days of Change

The Hobby Lobby Preview | June 29, 2014

Chances are that I won’t be able to post on the actual decision in the Hobby Lobby case tomorrow for about 12 hours. I figured I’d offer some thoughts beforehand. The decision itself is very important, but I don’t have a lot in the way of legal opinion in the matter and I will rely on the smart people I trust to look at the decision. The last major decision on Obamacare gave something to each side. SCOTUS gave the administration the ability to implement the law, but took away their right to force Medicaid expansion (or exchanges) on unwilling states. They forced the creation of the disaster that has been the Obamacare website.

Due to the habits of the Court, it looks like Roberts will be writing the majority opinion. It could still go either way. If he sides with HHS, he will effectively give the federal government veto authority over the operation of any business. A business closed on Sunday, for example, could be required to stay open because an owner’s religious beliefs are not allowed to interfere with government dictates.

I am confident that Roberts will find that there is enough leeway to give private businesses the right to offer a product like health insurance without sticking to a laundry list of arbitrary items like “birth control” that actually terminates fertilized cells. If this happens, it supports my theory of Roberts truthfully claiming he didn’t want the Supreme Court to strike down massive federal legislation that was passed by the other two branches. SCOTUS may instead strike down the most objectionable parts of the law and leave it to the electoral process to get Obamacare repealed (and hopefully not replaced) by Congress and a new president.

Every once in a while, the American people have to see the result of bold promises when they hit reality. Democrats have been promising “if only we could do this” for decades now and blaming everything on the other side. Now, they have the bill they apparently wanted and they still blame the other side for its failings. Voters, however, are pretty good at knowing who’s really to blame.

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2 Comments

  1. Roberts truthfully claiming he didn’t want the Supreme Court to strike down massive federal legislation that was passed by the other two branches.

    Given the barely-passed-Congress rality of obamacare, and the thuggery of obama’s administration, I have trouble with this charitable view of Roberts’ decision. Blac kmail seems a lot more credible.
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    Voters, however, are pretty good at knowing who’s really to blame.
    We’ll see.

    Comment by Mary — June 29, 2014 @ 9:36 pm

  2. I’m going to pray that we finally get to see some wisdom and leadership because this country is crying out for it.

    Comment by insanitybytes22 — June 29, 2014 @ 10:04 pm


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