2012-03-29 11:09:43 UTC
submissions in support of the PPACA. Oh...my...God. That was painful.
Seriously uncomfortable to listen to. I have heard better advocacy from
pro se litigants on Judge Judy. With all the great litigators in the US
government, why did Solicitor General Verrilli make the ego play and
take it himself? Terrible move. I knew the material better than he
did...maybe not the details of the legislation, but the answers the
justices wanted to hear. The so-called "liberal Justices" were trying to
help him out by asking him questions with the right answers built right
in, and he *still* couldn't take a hint! When he answered the right
question at all, he just rambled on and on and to and fro, to the point
where what he was saying was almost indecipherable.
Rule #1: Answer the question asked, not the question you hoped would be
Rule #2: Be clear and succinct.
Rule #3: When they give you the answer to the question, take it!
So, they can't sever this individual mandate, because the rest of the
legislation necessarily stands or falls with it (for many reasons I
won't get into). I'm pretty sure the whole thing is going down. I guess
it's back to 40,000 Americans dying needlessly every year for want of
coverage. Expect that number to rise as costs escalate. The Republicans
should be proud. They have denied the black man his singular
achievement. Next time it has to be "Medicare for all" to avoid this
constitutional mess, but I'm sure another 400,000 will die, at least,
before that ever comes to pass. That's almost like nuking a city. The
Republicans are actually more dangerous than al-Qaeda!
I'm just wondering if there's going to be any blow-back on the
Republicans for this. Back to the status quo. Policy denied. Policy
cancelled. Pre-existing conditions. Lifetime limits. No insurance for
your college kids. Rising policy prices. Higher deficits. Doesn't even
the most mindless right-wing ideologue clue in that he just got screwed
at some point?
That's the Republican's for you though: they just love to blow shit up.