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June 29, 2012


Robert Lipscomb

Who knows what Roberts' intent was, but the GOP owes him a big THANKS.

The reality is that the part of the US healthcare system that is not socialist (Medicare, Medicaid, Vets, etc.) is growing at an unsustainable even as it drops coverage for more and more people. Withing a very short period of time, the country would face one of two choices: full-blown socialism or radical change to the private sector.

The Obamacare had been overturned, the socialist option (single-payer or whatever) would have been the only option. Roberts' rulng is a last ditch effort to save a private-based system.

Roberts used a very narrow tax-based criterion as the foundation of his opinion - a criterion which likely cannot be used anywhere else. Simultaneously, he minimized the scope of the commerce clause which is applicable to most any other similar legislation.

I suspect this is why David Brooks is rather kind to him today. Brooks' column is at least consistent with my take.

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