On his Facebook page Harry Reid has written:
“The Affordable Care Act has been the law of the land for four years. Democrats are willing to work with reasonable Republicans to improve this law. But we will not bow to Tea Party anarchists who deny the mere fact that Obamacare is the law. We will not bow to Tea Party anarchists who refuse to accept that the Supreme Court ruled Obamacare to be constitutional. And we will not bow to Tea Party anarchists in the House and the Senate who ignore the fact that President Obama was overwhelmingly reelected in November.”
In a column today Review-Journal columnist Steve Sebelius asserts that ObamaCare is the “duly passed, court-upheld, election-tested, unamended law of the land.”
To which I reply with two words: Yucca Mountain.
The Screw Nevada Law has been the law of the land since 1987 when Louisiana Sen. J. Bennett Johnston rammed through a bill making Yucca Mountain the sole repository of spent nuclear fuel rods. It was passed by the House and Senate, signed by President Reagan, upheld by the courts and never repealed. Yet, the Yucca Mountain hole in the ground sits idle, defunded by Harry Reid and his Barack Obama.
What’s good for the goose is not good for the gander?
(Confession: I swiped the comparison of ObamaCare to Yucca Mountain from alert reader Steve.)
Great point Steve and nice stitch by Mitch. If Reid and Obama can defund a bill that was rammed through, why should Congress not defund Obamacare, which was rammed through?
A big difference between Yucca Mountain and Obamacare is that Yucca Mountain would provide jobs, while Obamacare is destroying them.
Some more “duly upheld” laws of the land, which are no more:
Dred Scott vs Sandford 1857
Plessy vs Ferguson 1896
As of this afternoon, the number of people who have signed up for ObamaCare insurance accounts is up to 123,000
Anon,,,I think I know who you may be.
That is exactly the point. What is good for one side should be good for the other. On top of that with Yucca, Nevada was most certainly in the minority and Harry used every dirty trick up his sleeve to obstruct it. There is little, if any difference, in the current fight.
This is a powerful analogy and it belongs to Harry, he paved the way.
Procedurally, you’re correct. In both cases though, there is a genuine problem that needs solving and the opposition is obstructing potential solutions while failing to muster a serious effort to solve the original problem. Yes, the Republicans have their alternative plan, but instead of pointing out its merits and pushing for it, they spend all of their effort demonizing the Democrats. And they’re able to do a good job of that with the help of the Democrats.
200 kids with cancer that are being refused treatment at the NIH due to lack of funding and the Republicans offered to pass a bill to provide it. The Democrats refused to go along. What are they thinking? Never argue against helping a sick child. Obviously, the thing to do is to applaud the effort and pass the bill. Maybe Democrats are too dumb to run things – but wait a minute, so are the Republicans. We really need a third party folks.
According to Obamaite nyp 123,000 people have signed up for Obamacare, it just means the working taxpayers in that number will start paying for it earlier than most, none will get actual care any earlier. 123,000 is what part of 320 million people? I didn’t say citizens as no one really knows how many there are.
Since the Supreme Court ruled that Obamacare is constitutional, is it still constituitonal if they change it after such ruling to exempt big business and congress? It seems to me that changes like this may make it unconstitutional.
Someone would have to challenge it in the courts. Again.
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