By Alden L. Benton
As the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) is argued before the United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS), one thing is clear: unless SCOTUS kills the entire PPACA legislation, all 2,000 plus pages of it, ObamaCare must be scuttled by Congress.
The primary focus of the published questioning by the SCOTUS justices is whether the individual mandate, the PPACA section requiring Americans to buy health insurance, is constitutional.
However, there is a secondary question embedded in the constitutional question, and the answer to it is almost as important as the answer to the constitutional issue.
That question is severability.
In other words, if SCOTUS rules the individual mandate unconstitutional, can the offending segment be severed from the PPACA, leaving the rest of the law intact; or if the mandate is indeed unconstitutional, does that invalidate the entire PPACA?
The only acceptable answer is to kill the entire PPACA.
If SCOTUS severs the individual mandate from the rest of the PPACA, we will be rid of one onerous section, but the rest of the law would remain intact.
The only solution is for Congress to stand up and unequivocally kill ObamaCare in its entirety — before the election in November. Yes, the president would no doubt veto any such legislation, but in an election year, would Congress flex its political muscle and override that veto?
Even if the Senate could not muster the majority necessary to override a presidential veto, a solid Republican Party front, coupled with support from independents and “moderate” Democrats would draw very clear battle lines for the November election — with a clear advantage to the Republican Party nominee.
The PPACA is nothing more than an unpopular, unwanted, unwieldy, patient-killing, job-killing, tax-swallowing, debt-expanding, freedom-busting government power grab.
The final answer, in fact the only answer, is to scrap it and scuttle the careers of the useful idiots who corrupted the process and forced this unreadable and unintelligible special interest boondoggle down our collective throats.
It is time to stand and fight. One-third of the Senate and the entire House of Representatives is up for election. We the people, must send a crystal clear message right now — dump ObamaCare into the trash heap of bad ideas, or else ….
“Courage, then, my countrymen, our contest is not only whether we ourselves shall be free, but whether there shall be left to mankind an asylum on earth for civil and religious liberty.”
Speech at the State House, Philadelphia, August 1, 1776
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