I've been reading some of the unhappy reactions from Republicans about the Supreme Court's decision on Obamacare. There's a silver lining for John Boehner at least; no one on his side is in danger of spiking the ball in celebration.
Here are a few of the reactions. The Supreme Court will find Obamacare unconstitutional didn't work out very well as a prediction, but still...
Obamacare is unconstitutional anyway. Or in the words of Rand Paul, "Just because a couple people on the Supreme Court declare something to be 'constitutional' does not make it so." Paul doesn't explain why he thinks the U.S. government has been under this misconception since 1803, when Marbury v. Madison established the principle of judicial review. Thomas Jefferson, at that time President, didn't seem to have much to say about it, even though the decision wasn't in his best interest. So much for the Tea Party's favorite founding father.
Obamacare is socialism. For example, "One of the traditional methods of imposing statism or socialism on a people has been by way of medicine. It’s very easy to disguise a medical program as a humanitarian project, most people are a little reluctant to oppose anything that suggests medical care for people who possibly can’t afford it." Oops, my mistake. That's Ronald Reagan, in 1961, talking about Medicare. Louie Gohmert says something similar, though: "How much more socialist can you get than a government telling everybody what they can do, what they can't do, how they can live?" Good luck convincing the 50 million older Americans on Medicare that they're socialists.
Obamacare is too expensive. Jim Sensenbrenner: "The health care law's taxes and mandates are making it harder to create jobs. Its budgeting gimmicks will bankrupt our country." For complex social and political reasons, as above, the U.S. has resisted universal health care, despite examples elsewhere in the world that go back to the late 1800s. Expense is part of it, but it occurs to me that this argument involves a failure of imagination. Some 40 European countries seem to manage universal health care without difficulty. Or maybe we could just start fewer wars in the Middle East. That should cover it.
The Republicans have their work cut out for them. (Democrats, too, to improve the system.) A bit of advice: "armed rebellion" is probably not the best solution.