In our age there is no such thing as “keeping out of politics.” All issues are political issues, and politics itself is a mass of lies, evasions, folly, hatred, and schizophrenia. — George Orwell
The political dictionary turns words and thoughts on their heads. Coercion is virtuous. Ending extortion is thievery.
This week the Senate voted 48-51 against the so-called “skinny” ObamaCare repeal. The bill would have ended the mandate that everyone must purchase health care insurance or pay a stiff penalty. The “skinny” bill lowered the penalty to $0. It also ended the requirement that employers with 50 or more employees provide a specific amount of health insurance or pay a penalty.
Nevada Republican Sen. Dean Heller voted for taking the gun away from the heads of Americans and let them decide for themselves whether to purchase health insurance.
Nevada Democratic Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto voted against the repeal and is quoted in the morning paper as saying:
“In the dead of night, Senate Republicans tried and failed to rip away the health care of hundreds of thousands of Nevadans and millions of Americans. Their failed attempt is the result of overwhelming public opposition – your calls, letters, protests and tweets put Republicans on notice.
“The Affordable Care Act has provided lifesaving, affordable health care coverage to millions. …”
Las Vegas Democratic Rep. Jacky Rosen, who has said she will seek to unseat Heller, was quoted as saying that Heller had promised he wouldn’t vote for a bill that takes health care from hundreds of thousands of Nevadans, but, “Last night he voted to do just that.” (The quote is in the print edition, but not the online version.)
See. Ending extortion is theft.
But this is nothing new when it comes to discussing ObamaCare. Antonin Scalia’s dissent in the Supreme Court decision upholding ObamaCare points out the newspeak and doublethink required:
The somersaults of statutory interpretation they have performed (“penalty” means tax, “further [Medicaid] payments to the State” means only incremental Medicaid payments to the State, “established by the State” means not established by the State) will be cited by litigants endlessly, to the confusion of honest jurisprudence. And the cases will publish forever the discouraging truth that the Supreme Court of the United States favors some laws over others, and is prepared to do whatever it takes to uphold and assist its favorites.