Posted by AzBlueMeanie:
The U.S. Supreme Court will announce its opinion regarding the Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare") on Thursday.
Should the Court strike down the Affordable Care Act en toto, it will be disregarding more than 70 years of Supreme Court precedents on Commerce Clause jurisprudence -- and if rogue Justice Antonin Scalia has his way -- return to the long discredited "liberty to contract" analysis of the Lochner era.
The conservative media, led by FOX News Fraudcasting and hate radio personalities like Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, and Glenn Beck will declare this a "major defeat" for President Obama.The corporate "lamestream" media will follow their lead, as they always do, in the echo chamber of the right-wing noise machine.
But in reality, it will be a major defeat for millions of Americans who just lost their last chance at health care -- and quite possibly their life. Jonathan Cohn notes the stakes: a ruling against the law will have far-reaching consequences for millions of Americans and those people — and their ailments — are not going away. The media villagers really ought to concentrate on them, not the transient political story.
Despite the vitriolic hatred expressed for "Obamacare" by the right-wing, that hatred is based upon Obama derangement syndrome. It turns out that if Obama's name was not attached to this landmark legislation, a majority of Republicans actually support its key provisions.
Greg Sargent writes Republicans support Obama’s health reforms — as long as his name isn’t on them:
The new Reuters-Ipsos poll finds that Obamacare remains deeply unpopular; 56 percent of Americans oppose the law, versus only 44 percent who favor it. The poll also finds that strong majorities of Americans favor the individual provisions in the law -- the hated individual mandate excepted, of course.
What’s particularly interesting about this poll is that solid majorities of Republicans favor most of the law’s main provisions, too.
* Eighty percent of Republicans favor “creating an insurance pool where small businesses and uninsured have access to insurance exchanges to take advantage of large group pricing benefits.” That’s backed by 75 percent of independents.
* Fifty-seven percent of Republicans support “providing subsidies on a sliding scale to aid individuals and families who cannot afford health insurance.” That’s backed by 67 percent of independents.
* Fifty-four percent of Republicans favor “requiring companies with more than 50 employees to provide insurance for their employers.” That’s backed by 75 percent of independents.
* Fifty two percent of Republicans favor “allowing children to stay on parents insurance until age 26.” That’s backed by 69 percent of independents.
* Seventy eight percent of Republicans support “banning insurance companies from denying coverage for pre-existing conditions; 86 percent of Republicans favor “banning insurance companies from cancelling policies because a person becomes ill.” Those are backed by 82 percent of independents and 87 percent of independents.
The one provision Republicans do not support? The one “expanding Medicaid to families with incomes less than $30,000 per year.” Yeah, Republicans still demonize poor people.
Greg Sargent concludes:
I’d add that Republicans and independents favor regulation of the health insurance system in big numbers. But the law has become so defined by the individual mandate — not to mention Obama himself — that public sentiment on the reforms themselves has been entirely drowned out. It’s another sign of the conservative messaging triumph in this fight and the failure of Dems to make the case for the law. And it suggests that if the law is struck down, Dems might be able to salvage at least something from the wreckage by refocusing the debate on the idividual reforms they’ve been championing — and what Republicans would replace them with, if anything.