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June 28, 2012

Supreme Court upholds Affordable Care Act

President Obama explains the impact of today's Supreme Court ruling, penned by Chief Justice John Roberts, upholding the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act.

Here's a funny take from Gary Younge by way of Pam Spaulding:

BREAKING NEWS: Fox News reports that Kenyan-born Supreme Court Justice John Roberts has converted to Islam.

I am very happy today. Politically speaking, the President won on a big roll of the dice. But celebrations aside, a big issue moving forward is the right wing's long-term assault on the interstate commerce clause, advanced by the Chief Justice today when he ruled for the majority that the law's individual mandate is not constitutional under the commerce clause but passes muster under the taxing authority. That underscores the stakes in the coming election. If Romney is elected and the GOP takes the Senate, you can expect them to repeal a lot more than Obamacare — Grover Norquist and his allies will be pushing to repeal much of the past 80 years of federal regulations.

One amusing spectacle today was the sight of Mitt Romney denouncing Obama's virtual carbon copy of his own Massachusetts health care law, considering that the architect of RomneyCare, MIT professor Jonathan Gruber, said last November, "They're the same f@*%ing bill."

Meanwhile, Sen. Rand Paul (R-water based lubricant) reacted to the ruling:

Just because a couple people on the Supreme Court declare something to be ‘constitutional’ does not make it so. The whole thing remains unconstitutional.

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