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Obamacare And Supreme Court

March 24, 2012 by staff 

Obamacare And Supreme Court, The parsing of phrases drawn with quills by men in powdered wigs consumes the American moment. On Monday, the Supreme Court of the United States will begin to hear oral arguments for and against the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, better known as Obamacare.

Inside the marble chamber, six men and three women, weighed down by politics and history, having already received dozens of perspicacious and conflicting written briefs, will devote an extraordinary six hours to verbal pleas that centre on three inscrutable words that were written on Philadelphia parchment in the eighth decade of the eighteenth century: “necessary and proper.”

Outside, there will be marching, chanting, shoving, shouting and screams.

“Hands off my health care!” is the theme of one of the larger anti-Obamacare rallies planned for the courthouse steps, trumpeting their indifference to the millions who have no care from which to be unhanded.

“Join us on the road to repeal!” barks a complementary throng, as if ballyhoo might influence the cogitation of the jurists.

At issue is whether the “Commerce Clause” of the U.S. Constitution, unaltered since it was authored by white men and ratified by infant assemblies in the 1780s, permits Congress to compel every citizen and resident to purchase and maintain a health insurance policy from a private company or quasi-public entity. This is the kernel of the act that was passed two years ago by a single vote in the Senate, after months of backdoor inveigling and guarantees of favours to the ridings, states and persons of the final, anguished fence-sitters.

Tellingly, the Nebraskan who cast the deciding ballot — himself a multimillionaire and former insurance company executive — has since abandoned the playing field, rather than try for re-election this November.

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