The Permanent Bipartisan Fusion Party, Gangland, the Chief Justice and the Patient Deflection and Unaffordable Care Act

Why is this man smirking? Why is this man smirking?

For John Roberts was right: in the law's practical effect, it is a tax, only a tax, and nothing but a tax -- and if you think it's going to fund "health care" for the lame, the halt and the blind, you're out of your mind. The gullible, naive and the mendacious may not be able to discriminate between "health care" and "insurance," but that was exactly what Obama was counting on when he sold -- barely -- his apparatchiks in Congress on the notion that Barrycare would only add to the sum total of human happiness by taking care of the neediest and blah blah blah your doctor, period. That doesn't make Roberts' cowardly decision good -- he had a chance to put a stake through the PPACA's heart once and for all, and he choked.  It's a decision that will live in Supreme Court infamy until the day the act is repealed.

As the dissent (which, recall, apparently was for a time the majority opinion) noted:

What the Government would have us believe in these cases is that the very same textual indications that show this is not a tax under the Anti-Injunction Act show that it is a tax under the Constitution. That carries verbal wizardry too far, deep into the forbidden land of the sophists…

The Court today decides to save a statute Congress did not write. It rules that what the statute declares to be a requirement with a penalty is instead an option subject to a tax…

In other words, the entire flim-flam was a bright, shining lie all along, made possible by the Permanent Bipartisan Fusion Party and its GOP wing's continuing complicity in perpetuating the fraud.  Remember, "universal health care" has been dream of the Regressives since Bismarck and Woodrow Wilson were pups, and now they have it. Make them own it, and destroy them with it.

We used to think that changing Congress meant changing which party controlled it. Now we know better. Real change can't begin until the Permanent Bipartisan Fusion Party is gone. Fundamental transformation works both ways, and two can play at that game.