Today we find out what nine Americans think of the Affordable Care Act, the signature achievement of the Obama Administration. And the punditocracy has worked itself into a veritable lather over what might happen. Some think the whole thing could be overturned. Some think it might stand. What’s Kennedy going to do? Will Roberts author the majority opinion? What’s this going to do to the presidential race? And so on, and so forth, ad nauseam et absurdam.
We don’t know what’s going to happen. The speculation over the course of the past week has reached a fever pitch, and the fact of the matter is that there’s no way of knowing what nine people, who are essentially professional bullshit artists, will do when it comes to the biggest piece of legislation seen in the past three decades. These are people who are trained to cloak their opinions in the respectable parlance of The Law. They present themselves as above the fray, and while they get all dolled up in pretty black dresses to distinguish themselves from the hoi polloi of the rest of politics, they’re essentially still the same, political operators, though insulated from the foibles and follies of the masses, aka, ‘We the People.’
I’m not going to guess what’s going to happen, but I will say this. The most contentions part of the law is the individual mandate. If that goes, that still leaves us with all of the good stuff: the preexisting condition stipulations, the ban on lifetime caps, the option to keep family members on your policy for longer periods of time, etc.
So, if that happens, we get rid of the individual mandate, what’s the problem? Well, none, basically, other than the fact that insurance companies are left holding the bag, as the mandate is what makes profitability possible after you put into place all of the good stuff. Any rate, brace yourselves for maximum idiocy today.