Â Â Speculation is ripe on how the United States Supreme Court willÂ rule on the constitutionality of the Preservation of Access to Care for Medicare Beneficiaries and Pension Relief Act of 2010, the ultimate titleÂ of what most Americans know asÂ Obamacare.Â
Signed by President Barack Hussein Obama on June 25th, 2010 after extensive late-night machinations, bribes, and add-ons, the bill was originally titled the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act by the Democrat Senate.Â Â It was apparently changed in view ofÂ the fact there were few patient protections in the 2700 page monstrosity.Â
Obamacare is not affordable by either patients or the nation but they had to call it something palatable.Â It’s not known whether any Dems ever read it before they passed it.
Anyway, nine individuals–six men andÂ three women, (six Roman Catholics, three Jews, no Protestants)–are now empowered to secretly decide the fate of a law which applies toÂ almostÂ everyoneÂ in a nation of 313,274,338 souls, comprised of 51% protestants, 25% Catholics, 1.7% Mormons, 1.2% Jews, and 21% of other persuasions including Muslims and atheists.Â
Without suggesting that either the personal faith or gender of the justices will dictate their decision, the religion of theÂ justicesÂ is cited here inÂ light of the legislation’s already-obvious impact on religious beliefs of Catholics and other Christians and the widespread discussion of a presidential candidate’s religion for the first time since 1960.Â Â Â
Gender is relevantÂ because the statistical reality is that far more women seek health care than do men and the new law will directly impact the practice of abortion inÂ the country.Â
Not all of us are affected by Obamacare, however.Â It won’t be fully implemented until 2014, by design, long after this year’s election.Â Â Millions of “exemptions” have been doled out to favored special interests groups, labor unions etc., which didn’t like the legislation anymore than the rest ofÂ us but had the political pull to opt out.Â
Federal government employees, including the president, his family, and Congress, are also exempted, a fact which says a great deal about Obamacare, none of it good.Â Â Â Â
SCOTUS spent three days considering final arguments from both sides on Obamacare, more time than it has devoted to a case in fifty years.Â Twenty-eight states stand in opposition to the law,Â three federal judges have deemed all or part unconstitutional, and two have given it a green light.Â Â Â Â
Judicial experts and astute pundits have run the gamut in their opinions.Â Â
Many say SCOTUS will ruleÂ against Obama, especially following the bumbling, stuttering, incredibly inept defenseÂ offered by U.S. Solicitor General Donald B. Verrilli and his subordinate mouthpieces.Â Â
Some experts and pundits have unequivocably forecast thatÂ the Court willÂ support the law in toto.Â Â
Still others believe the Supremes will throw out the so-called Individual Mandate requiring Americans to purchase medical care coverage or face fines for non-complianceÂ and uphold the rest.
Since the experts and pundits know about as much as I do what SCOTUS will decide, my predictions:
Â Conservative Roman Catholic Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr. will voteÂ down the whole abomination, as willÂ his fellow religionists and like-thinkers, Associate Justices Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas, andÂ Samuel Alito, not on the bases of their religion or ideology butÂ chiefly on the basis that the United States is still a free and democratic republic and no government entity has the authority to mandate anyone to buy anything.Â
The Individual Mandate violates the foundations of contract law, has no legal precedent, is predicated on an illegal assertion of federal authority, and ignores the constitutional prohibitionÂ against regulating commercial activity inside each state.Â
Jewish, liberal Associate Justices,Â Steven Breyer, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and Elena Kagan will vote to endorse any and all governmental usurpations ofÂ rights and violate any and all constitutional restraints in the interests of furthering their leftist agenda to reflect their beliefs thatÂ our Constitution is outdated and irrelevant.Â
Catholic JusticeÂ Sonia Sotomayor will vote however she is instructed to vote by Obama and her fellow liberals on the Court.Â Â Â Â Â Â Â
The lone wild card on SCOTUS, Justice Anthony Kennedy, an independent rather than a liberal or conservative, will cast the deciding vote and choose to uphold the Constitution and oppose the constitutionality of Obamacare and send it crashing into the scrapheap it so richly deserves.
Â The alternative is having a nation governed by revisionists, a nation ruled by autocrats with a contempt for law, a nation led byÂ aÂ ”constitutional law scholar”Â who treats the Constitution as trash.Â Â
Anticipating rejection, Obamians have already been covering all betsÂ with declarations that the Anointed One will win either way, a position tantamount to Titanic Captain Edward Smith advising passengers not to panic simply because the ship suffered a minor puncture.Â Â