The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) will vote (preliminarily)today as to whether or not ObamaCare aka The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) is constitutional, unconstitutional, in whole or in part, and whether or not the federal government can enter into any and/or aspects of your personal commercial dealings. Putting it more simply; can the feds MAKE you buy what you may not want to buy?
Twenty-seven states challenged the constitutionality of this legislation; legislation sarcastically defended by the choleric (ill-tempered) Nancy Pelosi and the Senate’s leader of the shadow plurality Harry Reid. Nancy Pelosi crowed when a Democratic Party majority infected the House of Representatives. She sneers at, and challenges, her colleagues across the great divide. One of the more humorous notes was when Pelosi said: “…we have to pass the bill so you can find out what is in it, away from the fog of the controversy.” Pelosi wanted people to pass this legislative turkey without benefit of inspection by the people and opposing representatives in Congress. She got her way. And this resonates because it’s emblematic of the way the woman does her business. The term is “does her business”. It differs from the way people “conduct their business”.
When something “does their business” the dung is dumped with finality and necessity for the individual’s health. It matters not whether the dump is healthy for others in the area. Business gets “done” and the doer goes merrily along. He feels better. It’s insensitivity of this sort of “business dumping” leads to Cholera and other diseases in under-developed nations. When you “conduct business” there’s a sense of ethical responsibility in what you do, when you do it and how the business affects others.
Pelosi has NO such understanding of the difference between the noun con-duct and the verb con-duct. One describes: the manner in which a person behaves, especially on a particular occasion or in a particular context. The other denotes the act of organization and carrying out an act. We potentially suffer for her ignorance.
Justice Antonin Scalia noted an interesting point: “What happened to the Eighth Amendment? (A reference to “cruel and unusual punishment”.) You really want us to go through these 2,700 pages? And do you really expect the Court to do that? Or do you expect us to — to give this function to our law clerks? Is this not totally unrealistic? That we are going to go through this enormous bill item by item and decide each one?” (Scalia to Deputy Solicitor General Edwin Kneedler) (My emphasis noted)
If a major player in this legal drama, a Supreme Court Justice, finds the presentation of a 2700 page document for inspection, comparative analysis and judicial review is onerous, tedious and burdensome; how can the layman this act will hold dominion over expect to understand it, let alone obey it? If a professional attorney, eminent jurist and Constitutional law expert above and beyond the qualifications of Barack Obama and his funky/chunky/ Bunkie Eric Holder thinks this isn’t good; how are the American people supposed to survive this point of Congress “doing their business” on us.
It’s been virtually proven the writers (allegedly Senators and Representatives) don’t know EVERYTHING in this bill. It was cobbled together by clerks and aides based on the legislators’, directionality. Then it was placed before Congress for a vote. There are parts of this bill NO Representative or Senator in their right minds would place in juxtaposition with other parts because of their toxicity to the whole.
SCOTUS will vote today (if they haven’t already) based on what they know about this legislation and the ramifications it will have on the conduct of ALL Americans as it pertains to insurance coverage whether force fed to us or taken willingly.
SCOTUS’ decisions can suffer alteration as drafts of majority and dissenting opinion are written, circulated and rewritten multiple times. The original findings could be reversed during the lengthy writing process if one or more justices switch sides.
Right now, we know nothing. And we won’t until sometime in June or July. Is that a violation of the Eight Amendment?
Thanks for listening.