Sore losers or secessionists?

ImageWell, the verdict’s in: the Supreme Court has upheld the Affordable Care Act.  So that’s it, right?  The 26 states that had joined together in a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the law and were delaying its implementation until after the ruling will have to buck up and comply now, right?

Evidently not.  In the wake of their SCOTUS defeat, Republican governors across the country are simply refusing to comply with the law.  Michele Bachmann and Jim Demint are encouraging this.  Governors Bobby Jindal (LA), Rick Scott (FL), Scott Walker (WI), Sam Brownback (KS), and John Kasich (OH) have all made it publicly clear that they won’t be implementing the required exchanges (“an online place where people can comparison shop for health insurance. It looks much like a Travelocity or Orbitz website, but for health insurance”).

Yeah, these governors know the bill was lawfully passed by the United States Congress and signed by the President of the United States.  And, yeah, the Supreme Court of the United States did rule the law was constitutional.

But they don’t wanna!  It’s no fair!

Plus if these exchanges actually went up people might like them!  After all, as the Kansas City Star asked today, what’s not to like about an “on-line marketplace where consumers can easily learn what kinds of insurance policies are available and at what price?”  Well, a lot, actually, if your party’s political platform is tied to Obamacare’s success being as bad as 9/11.  (Please do click on that link.)

Maybe I shouldn’t be concerned, though.  I mean, it’s just states effectively nullifying laws set forth by the federal government.  What harm has that ever done?


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Georgetown sophomore, Job Creator.

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