The Obama administration warned the Supreme Court this week via papers filed with the Court that if Obamacare is struck down, there will be an “extraordinary disruption” in Medicare. Medicare was not discussed during the Supreme Court arguments, since it was not a Constitutional issue. This is a practical argument, not a legal one; it’s the Obama administration applying pressure to the Supremes.
But that’s what the Obama administration does – they focus on the politics of the situation rather than on the legalities. If they can’t win on the law, they figure, they’ll push the Court to act via “empathy,” President Obama’s favorite legal standard. And if they lose, they’ll blame the Court for destroying Medicare.
And they will blame those dastardly Republicans too. Sure, part of this is politics as usual, you know, the type of thing Obama vowed to end back in 2008. But part of it is an attempt to intimidate the justices too. And that is deplorable.
As a side note here, if what the Obama administration says is true, then who should get the blame? Not the Republicans, who opposed this bastard of a bill all the way. Not the Tea Party, and not the Supreme Court either. No, the blame would lie at the feet of the Democrats who shoved this through. They knew this would end up in the Supreme Court. They had to know it stood a really good chance of being voided there. So, if they passed a bill that would end in this type of “extraordinary disruption” in Medicare, then the blame is theirs and theirs alone!
Let us hope that Team Romney is smart enough to make that case to the people!