Derry, Northern Ireland

Derry, Northern Ireland
A book I'm working on is set in this town.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

OT'ing it

Not a lot done, tonight, but enough to make me happy. Jake's digging into the days before his uncle disappeared and finding something else is going on that's affecting everyone in the area. Once again, I'm digging into a deep, dark, dangerous conspiracy. Maybe I am one of those freaks who thinks the government's hiding proof a UFO crash-landed at Roswell.

That extends to reality, too. SCOTUS upheld Obama's health care reform by a 5-4 margin, with Scalia, Alito, Thomas, and Kennedy vehemently dissenting. Everyone seems to think Chief Justice Roberts did something unexpected by voting to uphold the law, but not many are noticing the way he did it -- by agreeing with the 4 that the individual mandate could not be defended under the right of the federal government to regulate interstate commerce, but only as a tax, which Congress undoubtedly has the right to do. In short, he's undermined the government's ability to monitor and control interstate commerce.

In short, yes, people now have to buy insurance and they cannot be denied coverage. And if they can't afford it, the federal government will help pay for it. A HUGE boon to the insurance industry, which now gets 30-50 million new clients and access to the tax coffers to pay for it. But now challenges can be raised against any federal regulation as regards trade between states. That is exactly what the right wing wants...and I halfway think their bluster and bombast denigrating the decision is to hide that.

Of course, that means thinking of the GOP and Tea Party as being made up of intelligent people, which kills my conspiracy theory dead. Because apparently a LOT of the right wing twittering included threats to move to Canada...which has a government-run health care system called...MEDICARE! It's too stupid not to be real.

I'd rather have had a single-payer option in the bill or a buy-in into Medicare instead of this patchwork quilt of a mess that was compromised to death before Democrats told the GOP to take a hike. But it's better than nothing. Now both of my brothers can get medical insurance.

This says it all:

Nancy Pelosi and John Boehner...need I say more?

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