Okay, I’ll bite and be the optimist. Someone has to be. After I heard the troubling news Thursday morning about the SCOTUS ruling on Obamacare I was shocked. I felt like I had been kicked in the stomach. Luckily I only felt that way for about, mmm… 5 seconds or so. I gave up feeling sorry for myself pretty quickly and made a conscious decision to change my perspective on this. Obamacare was upheld – how can this be a positive?
Well, in the most simple way, it brings back the Obamacare issue. Had the Supreme Court shot down the law, it would have been off the table for November’s presidential election. But since it was upheld, its back to its rightful place as the #2 issue in America, trailing only the vague “economy” in importance (no matter how intertwined the two are).
2010 was all about Obamacare. The Tea Party was all about Obamacare. People were fed up with the federal government and they let Democrats know it at the polls. 2010 marked landslide victories all across America for Republicans, conservatives, and the Tea Party. Had Obama been on the ballot in 2010 he would have lost miserably. Lucky for him, he had some time before America cast its vote on him. Some time to forget about the most controversial bill in recent history (if not all history). But his luck ran out. Due to Thursday’s ruling, Obamacare is at the front of people’s minds again, and they’re pissed off. Prepare for 2010 all over again.
Not only do we get to bring back the issue of Obamacare, but we get to talk about it in a more in depth manner. Parts of Obamacare have already been implemented, and its effects are being felt. Businesses are not hiring, are laying people off, or are just cutting benefits left and right – opting to pay penalties instead of provide insurance for their employees. Healthcare costs are already going up across the board. Obamacare hasn’t even been fully established and it is crystal clear that it is bad for Americans. 2012 is different because now we have evidence of what Obamacare will look like.
Furthermore, this SCOTUS ruling has pushed weary conservatives closer to Mitt Romney as they now view him as their only hope of repealing this awful legislation. His promise to start the repeal process on day 1 has calmed many people’s hearts. We’re waiting with our fingers crossed for election day this November. The Republican party is stronger and more unified because of Thursday’s ruling. Independents have joined forces with the Tea Party and conservatives nationwide and are working hard to kick Obama out of office.
While many people resent Justice John Roberts for his decision, I couldn’t help but try to take something away from it. This is a learning experience for me, and it should be for all Americans. Roberts stated late in his opinion that it isn’t the court’s job to fix politicians problems for the people. Its up to us to kick out bad politicians, and we ought to take elections more seriously because the Supreme Court isn’t going to bail us out. We made a mistake in electing Obama and we may need to face some hard realities to learn what is at stake in every election.
If nothing else, all the DC drama at least distracted us from 350 homes being burned up in the Colorado Springs wild fires. Wait, what? No one told you? Its important to keep perspective. While we’re all babbling on and on like morons about laws that we can’t really change for the time being, other people are running from their homes for safety. Right now someone is sleeping in a hotel knowing that their memories and possessions have just been burned to ashes. On last report only 10% of the fire was contained. Being an optimist is a lot easier when we’re only talking about politics. It could always be worse, and maybe that’s the lesson to take away from this.