The U.S. Supreme Court ruled today that the "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act" (also known as Obamacare) is constitutional. As you can imagine, I disagree with the majority opinion of the high court. I do not believe that the federal government has, or should have, the authority to force Americans to purchase health insurance.
It is important for us to remember that today's ruling from the Supreme Court does not indicate that Obamacare is good legislation, nor does it indicate that Obamacare is workable. What the ruling does is to simply state that, according to a 5-4 majority of justices, the law does not violate the U.S. Constitution.
Obamacare always has been and will continue to be bad legislation. It is an intrusive law that was written by out-of-touch bureaucrats, and it was forced upon the American people by politicians who don't understand what the law does. As you may recall, former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi once proclaimed, "We must pass the bill so you can find out what is in it."
In essence, Obamacare would amount to more government bureaucracy, higher taxes, and less liberty. It would have a detrimental effect on the private sector as businesses across the nation would struggle to comply with increased regulations. It would also serve as a stepping stone to a full government takeover of health care.
The future of Obamacare is now in the hands of the American people. Now that the high court has made its ruling, we must take it upon ourselves to see that the law is repealed. We can do this by electing candidates to federal office who will work to repeal Obamacare and replace it with a conservative, free-market solution.
Some pundits may suggest that today's ruling is a victory for President Obama and a defeat for Republicans. I happen to think that it is the other way around. Conservative and independent-thinkers across the nation are now going to become energized, focused, and mobilized in an effort to ensure that Obamacare is repealed.
There may also be some actions that we can take in the North Carolina General Assembly to protect our citizens from Obamacare. We will most certainly consider all of our legislative options as we move forward. As a member of the N.C. House, I will make it a priority to shield my constituents from abuses of government power.
America is a great nation but we must work to keep it that way. We must strive to preserve our freedom and liberty. Today's ruling by the Supreme Court is not a defeat for Americans; it is a call to action.