Tax Away, Big Government! ACA Moves Forward

Well, that just put a lid on everything I had been planning to tell you about today.  How can you screech about a new video game, or crabby comboxes, or ice cream flavors, when our federal government continues to usurp cherished American freedoms?

Obamacare cannot be supported under the Commerce Clause, ruled the Supreme Court in a 5-4 vote; but it can be implemented as a tax. 

Yessiree:  Despite President Obama’s multiple assertions that “This is not a tax,” a tax it is.  So said the Supreme Court, with Catholic Justice John Roberts as the surprise dark horse whose vote with the liberals to  interpret the ACA in a new way, not the way intended by the President, tipped the scales—essentially giving new life to the Affordable Care Act and giving the Obama Administration a big victory.

One of the more interesting quotes emanating from the Court—a quote which will likely be used again and again by the Bishops, the Republicans and all who oppose government intrusion into religious life—came from Justice Ruth Ginsberg.  Ginsberg said (emphasis mine):

A mandate to purchase a particular product would be unconstitutional if, for example, the edict impermissibly abridged the freedom of speech, inter­fered with the free exercise of religion, or infringed on a liberty interest protected by the Due Process Clause.

The U.S. Bishops were quick to release a statement, outlining their continuing concerns  about the Affordable Care Act.  In summary, the USCCB cited three major areas of concern:

  • First, ACA allows use of federal funds to pay for elective abortions and for plans that cover such abortions, contradicting longstanding federal policy.
  • Second, the Act fails to include necessary language to provide essential conscience protection, both within and beyond the abortion context
  • Third, ACA fails to treat immigrant workers and their families fairly.  ACA leaves them worse off by not allowing them to purchase health coverage in the new exchanges created under the law, even if they use their own money.

You can read the bishops’ full statement here.

The battle is not over; I’ll see you at the polls in the fall.

  • John

    The battle is with principalities and powers – so it’ll never be over until Our Lord comes in glory.

    So yes, by all means, let’s vote in November – and get involved on all levels of government and network on all levels civicly and ecumenically, not just in reaction to this but as a matter of course or a “lifestyle” of civil and evangelical engagement as becomes those who have responded to the call of Christ to join him as salt, light, leaven… and if need be, as ‘witnesses’ (martyrs) to the truth about God and His will for the kingdom.

    In the effort to engage civilly and evangelically, we must always remember again that we fight against Principalities and powers not fellow human beings – they are victims or partisans of error and ignorance, vice and the darkening of intellect that accompanies all actions that militate against God and natural law. So as galling as it can be to “deal with them” – it is so I think perhaps that they remind us of ourselves! – we must strive to pray and convince and remain magnanimous in victory as in defeat.

    If as I hope we prove victorious across the board, from dog catcher to Presidency this November, and sweep into Congress with a super-majority and a mandate, it will take magnanimity and a merciful spirit to usher our nation past the real economic and social upheavals heading our way. Mercy is creative – it creates the ‘free lunch’ that no one deserves. And in our age of austerity and mathematical ruin facing our nation if we are to avoid civil strife and national ruin we believers in God’s mercy and love need to prepare not just to win politically but win culturally beyond and past such political reaction.