published Monday, July 9th, 2012

A bold stand

Obamacare deserves a place of prominence -- atop the trash heap of history.

And with that in mind, a number of governors around the country have taken a sensible approach in the wake of the disastrous 5-4 Supreme Court ruling upholding most of Obamacare: They refuse to begin implementing many of its costly, burdensome provisions -- at least in the near future -- and they pledge to work to elect members of Congress who will repeal it and a president who will sign that repeal into law.

That is all the more remarkable considering their principled rejection of some "free" federal money to be used toward implementing the law. But then again, those dollars are never "free," are they?

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has not been as steely in his resolve to resist Obamacare by all legal means, declaring before the court ruling that the state was ready to put in place so-called health care exchanges if the law were upheld. State lawmakers who would like to remain in office might want to consider a different path.

The news is more encouraging in a number of other states:

• "We are not moving ahead on exchanges at this time," a spokeswoman for Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal told the Times Free Press.

• Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana has said he won't set up the exchanges, either. "We're not going to start implementing Obamacare," he said on a conference call with other Republican governors. "We have not applied for the grants, we have not accepted many of these dollars, we are not implementing the exchanges. We don't think it makes any sense to implement Obamacare in Louisiana."

• Plainspoken Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey was equally unenthusiastic. He plans to veto any legislation that New Jersey lawmakers may pass to create the exchanges. "I am in no hurry to do that, and especially because we have an election four months away," he said. "If there are any hard deadlines that New Jersey has to comply with or be in violation of the law, we'll comply with it. But I don't think you are going to see any of those things between now and November."

• Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who recently beat back a liberal-led recall effort, says Wisconsin will be in no hurry to set up an exchange.

• Gov. Rick Scott of Florida said his state won't spend billions of dollars to expand Medicaid under Obamacare and won't set up an exchange anytime soon.

• South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley has "already made the decision not to implement an exchange," her spokesman said.

• A spokeswoman for Texas Gov. Rick Perry declared that Perry won't create an exchange and "has absolutely no interest in accelerating the implementation of Obamacare."

• Virginia Gov. Bob McConnell has strongly hinted that he would take a similar stand, and governors in Oklahoma and some other states may do so as well.

Absurdly, Democrats including Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley have likened the refusal to cooperate fully with Obamacare to secession. That's ripe with irony, considering that it is Obamacare itself that represents a tearing away from the limits on federal power enshrined in the Constitution, the document on which our nation was founded.

One of the few refreshing things about the lousy Supreme Court ruling is that it acknowledged what the Obama administration still refuses to admit: The law represents a massive tax increase. In many cases, that tax hike will fall the hardest on precisely the lower-income Americans whom the administration so regularly purports to defend.

That governors of multiple states should be reluctant to take any avoidable action in connection with such a tax hike is not only understandable but commendable.

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You're pleased that people won't have insurance, that they will burden emergency rooms instead of having effective health care provided through a free market exchange process?

Gee, thanks for showing what you really care about. It ain't about genuine integrity, you can't even support your own ideas. But no, it's not a massive tax increase, and no, the Supreme Court decision did not say that. Stop reading what you want into things.

A bold stand? No, the bold stand would be to stand against the partisan tide and do the right thing, and not refuse to implement your own idea just because you can't strand admitting that it's a good idea.

But as we know, you don't have principles.

July 9, 2012 at 12:31 a.m.
nucanuck said...

So let's see. The far-right controled Supreme Court fails to block Obamacare so the far-right functionaries are going to block implementation on the grounds that the minority should rule?

I often say that the US has become ungovernable. This reaction to a duly passed law is a lovely example of why the US will one day, no doubt, break apart into smaller, more governable sub-units. Certainly the Southeast would make a like-minded political unit. Then possibly Texas, the Northeast, California, and the Northwest might find common interests. The rest could align with one of the above or form other seperate unions.

Surely the logical response to too big to govern should be to form smaller, more governable units. That's what happened in the Balkans and the old Soviet Union. World history is full of examples of political unions that broke apart because fundamental differences had become too great to continue as one. Religions famously break apart into sub-sets.

This may be where the far right is driving America. Worse things have happened.

July 9, 2012 at 2:36 a.m.
Livn4life said...

It is truly amazing to read how people on both sides of this issue look only through their own lenses. This suggests that everything a leftist person reads, hears, embraces from that perspective, is absolutely true. That in itself is interesting, since many who claim to be liberal claim there are no absolutes which is itself an absolute statement showing how ridiculous the claim is and that they do not really believe it. On the other hand, the FOXites do likewise as if only what they hear there is true and nothing else. Most disturbing from either perspective is to be drawn in by, on the left a superioristic attitude as if the leftists really have all the progressive knowledge. Then there is the right with a lot of self-RIGHTeousness. So it's hard to really know where the truth truly lies. As long as people continue to be delusional we will have all the drivel we get from all sides. But Nu, I think your divide and become governable approach hits an all time high in the how could anyone be that deluded department. Both the old Soviet Union and the Balkans you mentioned are not examples we or any nation would want to follow. The Answer is...I cannot say but the divisive nature of our current national politics should be enough to wake us up as a nation. It seems, however, we are still enjoying the leisurely nap. When will the dream become a nightmare?

July 9, 2012 at 10:57 a.m.
nucanuck said...


You are certainly right that we should work together to solve our problems, but what we see is increasing polarization...a wider divide. If the trend continues or gets even worse...then what?

Countries come and go. Look at maps every hundred years back...lots of changes. Do you think that the US is so exceptional that we aren't subject to the same historical faults as others before us? Well, we are, and all it takes is time...maybe a little and maybe a lot...but time will reconfigure the US just as it has every other political union on earth.

Also, look around the world at the countries that seem high in contentment...they are mostly small. Is that a coincidence or a contributor? Probably a contributor when you think about it.

It certainly looks like Europe will not be united politically. China and India are certainly difficult to manage, partially because of size. Globalization means bigger and bigger corporations and countries. Who still favors that? Re-localization means smaller governments, more individual's the ultimate conservative solution for many of the things that ail us.

Are truly conservative solutions deluded?

July 9, 2012 at 4:15 p.m.
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