The Left tacitly admits: Mitt Romney hit a home run at the NAACP on Wednesday.
How do we know this? Because they’re all FREAKING OUT about it today. Watch the speech, and see for yourself why: Particularly the part of that speech that started at about 11:28 (this would be the part where Romney told the crowd that he was going to shut down Obamacare, and the crowd then proceeded to boo him for it). I’ll let the National Journal | Read More »
RS Q&A: Gov. Bobby Jindal, on the Medicaid expansion.
I was on a conference call today with Governor Bobby Jindal and former Governor Tim Pawlenty; they are both currently on a bus tour of Pennsylvania and Ohio for the benefit of the Romney campaign. We had an opportunity to ask questions; and, seeing as these two states are both Republican-controlled (due at least in part to the 2010 backlash against Obamacare), I asked Governor | Read More »
Repeat after me: THE OBAMACARE ‘MANDATE’ WAS ACTUALLY A TAX.
And that affects profoundly the question of how to get rid of it. Mickey Kaus is correct, and Ryan Lizza & David Frum are wrong on this: the only reason that Obamacare was not cast down was because the US Supreme Court decided 5-4 that the so-called ‘individual mandate’ was constitutional if it was considered to be a tax. The US Supreme Court also decided, | Read More »
RS Interview: Senator Mike Lee (R, UT).
We had originally hoped to talk with Senator Lee about Obamacare Obama’s health tax yesterday, but the unique – and, in some quarters, ever-so-slightly controversial – nature of the US Supreme Court decision made scheduling a touch complex. Translation: BOOM went the (metaphorical) dynamite over at the Supreme Court, thus bringing us Chaos and Old Night f0r a while. Fortunately, things were a bit calmer | Read More »
RNC: People v. Obamacare. [UPDATED.]
Commendably fast of the RNC: Also, Mitt Romney just finished his press conference. He understands the basics: this is a 500 billion dollar tax hike* on the American people, it will not stand, and so if elected President Mitt Romney will KILL IT WITH FIRE on day one. And that’s pretty much how it has to go. If you want Obama’s health tax gone, well, | Read More »
Obamacare, 90 seconds, the NRCC, and YOU.
This is an interesting experiment that Rep. Steve King and the NRCC are doing with regard to House Republicans’ latest anti-Obamacare push: …If you don’t have a scanner handy, the QR code* above goes here.
The post-apocalyptic future of Obamacare?
So I watched this clip of James Carville furiously spinning the suddenly-more-plausible possibility of Obamacare going down utterly in flames as being the most awesome thing ever for Democrats: By the way: I should ask Erick how he manages to avoid pointing and laughing at performances like this. I don’t know that I could manage the same self-control. Anyway, Allahpundit watched the clip, too, and | Read More »
Obama’s first lose-lose Obamacare-related argument today.
The first round of the US Supreme Court’s attempts to settle the problem that is Obamacare takes place today, and from the Obama administration’s purely partisan (and particularly puerile) perspective, there’s no winning scenario available. Essentially, what’s happening today is the courts are hearing arguments about whether or not Obamacare’s individual mandate qualifies as a tax. If it does qualify as a tax, then under | Read More »
Politico notices how bad Obamacare’s been.
(H/T: Instapundit) So, Politico publishes this story called “Four hard truths of health care reform“ – which is Politico’s way of saying ‘Obamacare has been an unmitigated disaster, but we’re going to try to spin it as well as we can anyway’ – and there’s two reasons why the tone of said story is amazing in its effrontery. The first reason is the way that | Read More »
If Romney becomes the candidate, Obamacare is off the table.
Andrew McCarthy of NRO puts his thumb squarely on one of the two central problems that I have with a Romney candidacy: In 2008, Obamacare did not exist. In 2012, it vies with our astronomical national debt — to which it will prodigiously contribute — as the most crucial issue in the campaign. It is Obamacare’s trespass against the private economy and individual liberty that | Read More »
14 more states file anti-Obamacare amicus brief.
(I decided to crosspost this after all) This one will be for Seven-Sky v. Holder, which is scheduled for oral argument in September. The amicus brief will be on the individual mandate; more specifically, that the individual mandate is unconstitutional. I mostly draw this to people’s attention because of the following list: Alabama, Florida, Indiana, Kansas, Maine*, Michigan, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, | Read More »
Supreme Court will not expedite Obamacare suit.
To summarize: Ken Cuccinelli, Attorney General for Virginia, requested that the US Supreme Court expedite its presumed-inevitable review of the Virginia Obamacare suit currently wending its way through the lower courts (this is the suit that found the individual mandate both unconstitutional, and severable, from the rest of Obamacare*). The court has declined to do so; which means that the issue will probably not be | Read More »
Missouri AG Chris Koster’s (D) cynical fight against Obamacare.
He’s not fully joining the fight against Obamacare – Koster has issued an amicus curiae brief in modified support of the Florida Obamacare lawsuit, instead of joining it – but he’s easily the most prominent Democrat on the state level to break with his party on Obamacare. This is partially probably due to Missouri’s emphatic rejection of Obamacare last year (via Proposition C), and partially | Read More »
One day in at DNC, and Wasserman-Schultz already at work!
Stung by reports that the first Obama ad of 2012 was both a) insipid as all get-out and b) eclipsed by the NRSC parody video of it, the new DNC chair has reportedly authorized the re-release of what turned out to be the seminal Obamacare argument. This is five years old, sure – but it spells out everything about the Democrats’ health care plan, strategy, | Read More »
RedState Interview: Senator Ron Johnson (R, WI) on Obamacare repeal.
The topic was on Obamacare: specifically, its repeal. Senator Johnson had an article in the Wall Street Journal today on his personal issue with health care rationing; we discussed that, the ongoing judicial struggles over Obamacare, and what activists can do to help resolve this problem. Senator Johnson’s decision to run for office in the first place can be ‘credited’ with the passage of Obamacare, | Read More »
This week is the first anniversary of Obamacare.
And the Democrats are going to – very entertainingly – try to put the best face on that particular electoral disaster that they possibly can: they have a week’s worth of events planned, apparently in the hope that the only thing wrong with their party’s messaging thus far was that they did not speak loudly enough, or slowly enough, or use small enough words, or | Read More »
The Obamacare comic book!
Excuse me: the Obamacare graphic novel. What’s the difference between a comic book and a graphic novel? The same difference as the one between dolls and action figures, but never mind that right now. What’s important is that there’s somebody out there who feels that the ideas behind a 2,400 page monstrosity of a health bill that nobody understands and even its defenders secretly hate | Read More »
ABC News: Hey, about that severability clause thing…
…oddly enough, they’re now noting in an update to their original post that, contra Senator Bill Nelson of Florida*, the lack of a severability clause in Obamacare is both: conspicuous; and a major factor in Judge Vinson’s decision. Which you already knew, because you read about it first either at MoeLane, or at RedState. And apparently, so does somebody over at ABC News**. Still, let | Read More »
Bill Nelson’s Magical Obamacare Severability Clause.
At first I thought that the outrageous thing that Bill Nelson had said in this interview with Rick Klein of ABC News was that the Senator wasn’t sure whether or not Obamacare was unconstitutional (good safety tip for legislators: if you don’t know whether or not a law violates the Constitution, don’t vote for it). But what Nelson was actually saying was that he considers | Read More »
Bobby Schilling (R, IL-17) calls President’s bluff.
Getting rid of Phil Hare in IL-17 last year was one of life’s little pleasures – originally because Phil Hare was an odious little apparatchik toady who inherited the seat and kept it from inertia, but later because I grew to like Bobby Schilling. Small business guy, pretty friendly, enjoyed taking whacks at Hare at every opportunity: what wasn’t to like? Turns out that Representative | Read More »