Friday, June 26, 2015

Her optimism is refreshing

Kimberly Strassel at the WSJ has the first glass-half-full take on the SCOTUS King v Burwell decision that I've seen:

The one fun part of this week’s Supreme Court decision on ObamaCare is that it has given the country a new way to evaluate everything Democrats say. Take Barack Obama’s pronouncement Thursday that the court’s ruling in King v. Burwell means “the Affordable Care Act is here to stay.”
Those words are pretty clear. Mr. Obama surely meant them. Yet all we have to do is give them the old Roberts High Court treatment, and—voilĂ !—we discover the exact opposite meaning. Far from putting this debate behind us, the ruling has freed Washington to take it up. Now that the long months of waiting silently and expectantly for the court’s decision are over, debate on ObamaCare is about to explode in a way not witnessed since 2010. 
The reason rests in another of Mr. Obama’s statements Thursday: “there can be no doubt this law is working.” Apply those Roberts Rules of Plain Textual Interpretation, and we find that what the president means is that families are still losing their doctors, still getting hit with double-digit premium hikes. What he means is that the law remains as unpopular as ever.
The Republican presidential candidates know this, and the court’s ruling has made their job easier politically. Few had issued their own health-care proposals. The rest were waiting to see the state of the terrain after King v. Burwell. Many also privately fretted that if the court struck down ObamaCare subsidies, Republicans would fail to coalesce around a response, and the GOP would then take the blame for the turmoil that followed. 
That risk is gone, and the GOP candidates now have a clear field to present the presidential race as another referendum on ObamaCare.  

She says that Hillionaire, her allusions to applying minor tweaks to Freedom-Hater-care notwithstanding, will be forced to defend the actual law as it is playing out in the lives of post-Americans.  Pubs will be able to muster the votes needed to put repeal on the Most Equal Comrade's desk. Plans for incremental dismantling, beginning with getting rid of the medical device tax, will flourish.

Sounds great.  We just need to remember how determined, indeed tyrannical, the enemy is, and how we are saddled with a judicial branch that has its back.

In other words, it won't be a piece of cake.

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