The healthcare industry wins again. The Affordable Care Act — designed, written and financed by the healthcare industry — was pushed through Congress by showering both Democrats and Republicans with huge campaign donations to ensure that the 99% got royally f-ed.
The corporate media naturally hailed this Supreme Court decision either way as ‘proof’ that we live in a democracy and the greatest country on earth. Now Republicans and Democrats can argue that we don’t need to discuss so-called “healthcare reform” anymore because Obama passed his “socialist agenda” giving the American people what they really wanted. And now this administration can focus on the other main issues that the American people want, such as eliminating corporate taxes, expanding our wars in resource rich countries, privatizing social security and public education, “reforming” Medicare and Medicaid, gutting our Postal Service, cutting welfare (except corporate of course!) and unemployment insurance and destroying Labor Unions.
The mainstream media will follow this SCOTUS decision as a victory for the people. Dozens of “experts” will argue for and against the decision (but never for universal healthcare), framing everything in a Democrat vs. Republican setting while avoiding a real public debate on the now passé single-payer healthcare at all costs. Politicians will receive extra airtime as they praise or denounce the ruling. Lackey’s from both sides of the aisle will claim victory or predict doom and gloom on today’s result. And one thing for sure: Obama’s re-election campaign will experience a sizable “bump.”
Let no one be mistaken. This was not a unanimous decision by the SCOTUS! Obamacare survived by the skin of its teeth and did so not because the public mandate was ruled constitutional under the regulation of interstate commerce, but rather by defining the penalty for not procuring insurance as a tax! In other words, as it was written the mandate was unconstitutional! So the court had to come up with some way to justify passage of that part of the law. A new interpretation of the wording and, viola, victory…not for the people but the Insurance industry and big Pharma.