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  • Memo to Conservatives: "Obamacare" Is Now Called "ObamaTax"

    barack obamaConservatives — apparently concerned that the term "Obamacare" wasn't providing quite as much ridicule or ire as was originally intended — have seized upon Chief Justice John Robert's mandate-as-tax rationale for deciding the Affordable Care Act as constitutional as an opportunity to rename health care reform.

    Behold, you are witnessing the birth of history…

    Rush Limbaugh: "Now all of a sudden since the Supreme Court ruling has come out and made this effectively ObamaTax instead of Obamacare" "Liz MacDonald of Fox Business tells us that, with ObamaTax now being the law of the land, the IRS will, indeed, be a more intrusive presence in our private lives."

    Gateway Pundit: "After a brief ObamaTax bump, Mitt Romney retook the lead over Barack Obama today. Maybe it was the realization that most of the ObamaTax burden will fall on the backs of the middle class."

    Townhall: "Guess who will be paying for ObamaTax? The middle class."

    NewsBusters: "Shortly after Thursday's Supreme Court ruling regarding ObamaTax, the vulgar comedian [Bill Maher] tweeted the former Republican vice presidential nominee…"

    And of course the obligatory hashtag…

    Unfortunately, not everyone in the conservative universe has received the talking point memo

    [Romney advisor and progenitor of the "Etch A Sketch" meme] Eric Fehrnstrom, in an interview on MSNBC, said Romney agrees with President Obama that the individual mandate is no tax.

    "He agreed with the dissent written by Justice Scalia which very clearly stated that the mandate was not a tax," Fehrnstrom said.

    It sucks when an email gets sent to the spam folder by accident.

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    Tags: Conservatives, Health Care, John Roberts, Judiciary, Mitt Romney, Supreme Court, Taxes
  • John Roberts Escapes to Malta

    Chief Justice John Roberts faces an avalanche of conservative criticism now that he's outed himself as a sometime believer in judicial minimalism, AKA a communist.

    Michael Savage suggested his decision was due to "cognitive problems" associated with epilepsy medicine. Glenn Beck is sellingĀ a tee shirt with Roberts's face and the word "coward" below it. And many Republicans are so upset, they've gone so far as to blame George W. Bush for Roberts' appointment, the first time any negative event in the Obama administration was attributed to the former president.

    Roberts, for one, knows how to read the misspelled writing on the Tea Party wall…

    Responding to a question about his summer break, Roberts said he planned to teach a class for two weeks in Malta, the Mediterranean island nation.

    "Malta, as you know, is an impregnable island fortress. It seemed like a good idea," Roberts said, drawing laughter from about 300 judges, attorneys and others attending a four-day conference Friday at a posh southwestern Pennsylvania resort.

    He better take his birth certificate with him if he wants to have a chance at coming back.

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    Tags: Conservatives, Health Care, John Roberts, Supreme Court
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  • John Roberts' Secret Plan

    John RobertsWhen Chief Justice John Roberts sided with the court's liberal wing to uphold the Affordable Care Act, I jumped to all sorts of conclusions. Was he drunk? Had single-payer activists kidnapped one of his children? Did he finally read the Constitution?

    But none of those are true. Instead, it appears this ruling may have been what conservatives wanted all along

    With Thursday's defeat, Republicans were handed a powerful tool for motivating their base and a fresh ammo clip for use in House and Senate races across the map. It removed one arrow from the Democratic quiver — the prospect of an outraged and highly motivated base — and provided a new one to the GOP by defining the mandate as a tax.

    Nice try, guys. But just because Roberts found the law constitutional under Congress' taxation power — rather than its commerce regulation power — it doesn't change the fact that expanded health coverage for Americans will only be possible if more people are required to buy health insurance. Surely people can see that, right?

    Let's ask Dr. Keith Ablow

    ObamaCare is a terrifying trap. Under the guise of "helping" and "healing" and "caring" for Americans, it reminds them how vulnerable they are to illness.

    Right. I forgot how Hodgkin's disease only gets people who know it exists.

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    Tags: Health Care, John Roberts, Judiciary, Supreme Court
  • U.S. Wakes Up in Alternate Reality in Which Obamacare Is Not Killed

    Millions of Americans unknowingly slipped through a wormhole in spacetime at some point during the night and awoke this morning in a universe which resembles the one they were familiar with in nearly all respects except for one crucial one: This is a universe in which the Affordable Care Act — or Obamacare — was not to be struck down in a 5-4 decision from the Supreme Court

    In a landmark decision that will impact the nation for decades, the Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a key provision of President Barack Obama's health care law, ruling that requiring people to have health insurance violates the Constitution…

    * Court rules 5-4 to uphold individual mandate.

    * Court says the requirement to have insurance is a tax, and is constitutional.

    * Court says on Medicaid that the federal government may not take Medicaid from states that refuse to take part. (That is a limited ruling, without striking it down. In the ruling the court offered the government a way to remedy this potential problem.)

    * Court vindicates, affirms Presidential and congressional power in an important issue like health care.

    Chief Justice John Roberts was the swing vote in the decision, Kate Bolduan reports, joining Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan.

    Good thing this was upheld, actually. Because in this universe, the common cold turns people into walruses.

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    Tags: Barack Obama, Health Care, John Roberts, Judiciary, Nerdiness, Supreme Court