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Obamacare has been, and will continue to be rigged!

Posted by Mike Jaynes 3/25/12 6:12PM
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What will be the White House's next move if the Supreme Court rules Obamacare as unconstitutional?

Does anyone expect the Obama and his administration to just say "Oh well, we gave it a good try?" Of course not, and in Massachusetts we have seen more than our fair share of Democrats changing the rules midstream to fit their needs.

Here is a little reminder of how things have played out, and how Massachusetts has played a role in this going back to the Bush vs. Kerry election in 2004.

The race was looking to be a tight one and some Democrats had the foresight to recognize that if Kerry won, his vacated seat would be filled by a gubernatorial appointment. The problem the Democrats had with that is the governor at the time was Mitt Romney, a Republican.

Replacing Kerry with a Republican had Kerry won would have been playing by the rules, but this was unacceptable to the Democrats who controlled the state's legislative bodies. They passed a law changing how a senatorial vacancy would be remedied by making the replacement be chosen by a special election. So the law was passed as a matter of convenience for the Democrats, but it backfired (as do most partisan laws passed by Democrats). John Kerry did not win the White House and a few years later we were facing another senatorial vacancy.

Ted Kennedy was diagnosed with brain cancer and he knew he was not going to survive the completion of his term. Ted Kennedy was the one who recognized the implications of the situation because now the Governor was Deval Patrick, a Democrat, and he would not be able to appoint another Democrat to replace him.

Ted Kennedy requested the legislators to reverse the rules so that the vacancy would again be appointed by the Governor rather than a special election. This turned out to be an overreach because enough people cried foul that the legislators did not change the rules.

Then the issue went from a state one to a national one because Obamacare was held in the balance. The Democrats had 59 votes to pass Obamacare and the Republicans had 40. The Democrats needed the supermajority of 60% to pass the bill, and Massachusetts was having a special election to decide who would fill the vacated senate seat. Scott Brown was the Republican in the race and Martha Coakley was the Democrat. Scott Brown was opposed to Obamacare and Martha Coakley was in favor of it. Massachusetts is a heavily Democrat state so everyone expected Martha Coakley to be a shoe-in.

Obamacare however has never been a popular choice and even in Massachusetts where we already had Romneycare, the people chose to say no to Obamacare by electing Scott Brown as the Senator giving the Republicans their 41st vote in the senate to defeat a supermajority.

Problem solved, right? Wrong!

The Republicans won and the Democrats did not have enough votes to pass Obamacare so Obamacare goes the way of Hillarycare? Wrong!

The Democrats were not about to be thwarted by rules. They just changed them and decided Obamacare no longer needed a supermajority to pass. A simple majority is what they decided they needed now.

So despite the rules as well as the voice of the people Obamacare has been thrust upon us.

The fight is still not over, of course. States are fighting Obamacare and the Supreme Court is ready to hear Florida's arguments against it. Neither the Republicans nor the Democrats have control of the Supreme Court. It is currently a 4-4 split with one swing vote. Many believe that the swing vote in this case will swing towards Florida.

Playing by the rules one would again expect that this should be the end of Obamacare. But this sad legacy of rules-bending suggests that the game will again be jury-rigged to satisfy the Democrat's desires. So I sit here and wonder…

What will they do this time?

Posted by Mike Murray 3/25/11 7:41PM
"Ted Kennedy requested the legislators to reverse the rules so that the vacancy would again be appointed by the Governor rather than a special election. This turned out to be an overreach because enough people cried foul that the legislators did not change the rules. "

Hold on there - BUT THEY DID CHANGE THE RULES!
Kennedy legislated from the grave with the Paul KIRK FACTOR. It made a mockery of Democracy as only Kennedy could.

I guess stripping the appointment from Gov Romney in 2004 if Kerry was elected was ok then because he was a Republic Gov.
But in 2009 it was ok now because Gov patrick is a Democratic Gov.
Lets call it the SMURF RULING. A one Party State led by SMURFS doesn't promote TRUST or Confidence in that party.
Especially with bills from the grave.