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Saturday, June 30, 2012

Obamacare Surpreme Court Ruling Has Positioned States To Take On Federal Government

The Supreme Court of the United States
(IJReveiew.Com) - Finally, he struck down as unconstitutional, the Obama-care idea that the federal government can bully states into complying by yanking their existing medicaid funding. Liberals, through Obama-care, basically said to the states — ‘comply with Obama-care or we will stop existing funding.’ Roberts ruled that is a no-no. If a state takes the money, fine, the Feds can tell the state how to run a program, but if the state refuses money, the federal government can’t penalize the state by yanking other funding. Therefore, a state can decline to participate in Obama-care without penalty. This is obviously a serious problem. Are we going to have 10, 12, 25 states not participating in “national” health-care? Suddenly, it’s not national, is it?

Ultimately, Roberts supported states rights by limiting the federal government’s coercive abilities. He ruled that the government can not force the people to purchase products or services under the commerce clause and he forced liberals to have to come clean and admit that Obama-care is funded by tax increases....

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THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT:  A deeper analysis of the Supreme Court ruling, particularly focused on Chief Justice John Roberts, reveals a deeper meaning that was not previously reported on Thursday.  It would appear that Chief Justice Robert's careful wording of the ruling that saved Obama's healthcare law, reveals that the court has effectively taken the teeth out of it.  On the one hand, the court has decisively ruled that the people cannot be made to pay a "penalty" for refusing to buy medical insurance.  They can be taxed, but they cannot be forced by a penalty.  Now this seems like semantics at first, and as far as the individual taxpayer goes, it is semantics, but in a legal sense, this is very important.  It means the federal government cannot force you to buy a product.  It can tax the hell out of you (we already knew that) but it cannot force you to buy something you don't want.  Now I realise that on an individual level that is empty consolation.  However, it's not the individual level that is remarkable about this ruling.

What is remarkable is how this ruling effects the states.  The penalty for states not complying with Obamacare has effectively been wiped out as unconstitutional.  So what does this mean?  It means states need not comply with Obamacare.  They can simply opt out!  Now that doesn't mean that such an opting out will go smoothly.  In fact, I'm sure the federal government will do everything within its power to fight it, but the states have effectively been given the upper hand with this ruling.  They can now tell Obamacare where to go, without having to worry about any penalties.  Currently, there are over a dozen states that have already pledged to do this.  This is nothing short of empowering those states to utilise their power of nullification.

At this juncture, as bad as this ruling is, I can't think of anything more redeeming.  Namely because it opens the door for the states to finish some unsettled business left over from the Civil War.  During the War for Southern Independence, the Dixie-American War, the states were left with the cruel reality that their will no longer matters.  While that paradigm still exists to a large degree, there is now a crack, an opening in the wall.  States can effectively nullify a federal law, and in this case, the federal government can do nothing to stop them.  It means the battle cry against Obamacare has just turned into a states-rights cry, and it is defined 100% as states-rights.  It is now a pure battle between the states and the federal government, that is fit to play out in the years ahead.  Granted, the federal government will do everything within its power to crush state resistance against Obamacare, but now it will all be out in the open for what it truly is -- a continuation of the Civil War and Reconstruction.  Now is the time for all of us to rally behind states-rights, especially if you live in any of the Southern states.  I encourage all of my readers now to join and/or support THE LEAGUE OF THE SOUTH