Friday, June 29, 2012

Post-SCOTUS: Sacrifice, Taxes, Privacy, Shortages, Voting

As one might expect, yesterday's Supreme Court decision on ObamaCare has elicited an enormous volume of commentary.   Here are a few pieces that caught my eye, with relevant excerpts:

Ari Armstrong: "Supremes' ObamaCare Ruling: Altruism In Politics" (The Objective Standard)

(Armstrong notes, "Essentially, ObamaCare turns health insurance into a gigantic wealth-transfer scheme, in which young and healthy workers are forced to buy expensive 'insurance' that in fact serves to subsidize the health expenses of others... 'Shared responsibility' is a euphemism for forced sacrifice.")

David Catron: "Supreme Court Wimps Out on Obamacare" (American Spectator)

(Catron observes, "In an utterly Orwellian opinion authored by Chief Justice Roberts, the majority held that the mandate was not a tax for purposes of applying the Anti-Injunction Act (AIA), but that it was constitutional because it falls within Congress' taxing powers...")

Loren Grush: "Individual mandate upheld: What does that mean for you and your health?" (Fox News)

(In particular Grush reports, "Another change that will eventually go into effect is the government's ability to seize your medical records. In order to make information more readily available for doctors during their appointments, the government hopes to create a national database of every person’s medical history.")

Mark Long: "Health Law's Survival Means More Demand for Fewer Doctors" (Wall Street Journal)

(Long notes, "[T]he U.S. will be more than 60,000 doctors short in 2015 — the year all those newly covered patients enter the system -- around 90,000 short five years later."  In other words, patients may have theoretical "coverage", but that doesn't necessarily mean they'll receive actual medical care.)

Milton Wolf: "Only the Voters Can Save America Now" (Washington Times)

(Wolf writes, "If Barack Obama holds the White House, and if Democrats win control of either house of Congress, then Obamacare will be unstoppable, and America will become the United States of Europe.")

And in case you missed it, PJ Media published my response yesterday: "What Should Americans Do After the Supreme Court ObamaCare Ruling?"