So now that we are past the Supreme Court's decision on the constitutionality of the ACA, we can move on to more important things.
I am completely serious.
This is not to put a spin on what is ultimately a loss for conservatives. It clearly was that, and a huge victory for progressives led by Barack Obama. You may hear me putting a silver lining on it, but we all know conservatives lost this round.
But fundamentally, it changes nothing.
First and foremost, most of the ACA was going to be upheld. I never truly believed that the whole law would be overturned. That includes the exchanges, the IPAB, and a myriad of taxes and regulations. So we needed Congressional action to rid the country of this garbage regardless of the SCOTUS decision. Now, simply add the mandate to the list, and the work load is virtually the same.
Furthermore, this changes nothing central to the presidential election. It might give some political boost to Mitt Romney, as I stated in yesterday's post. Already, Mitt has had a huge day in contributions, raising over $4 million in the last 24 hours. But the election is still about one and only one thing: the economy. The mandate is important to deal with, primarily because of the individual rights that are trampled, but the only reason to talk about it this year is because of its effect on the economy.
This is still a single issue election. Mitt Romney knows this and understands this. Yes, repealing Obamacare is a priority, on day one of a Romney administration...but it is only one piece to the economic puzzle that Romney must convince voters he knows how to solve.
It is still the economy, stupid.
This was cross posted on Neoavatara.