A Terrible Day For Ann Romney

CNN got it right. They first reported the Individual Mandate was “Struck Down.”

When I saw the news, I felt like throwing myself off the balcony, which I think is how we’ve been feeling on The Left, for too long. Then I got a call from Mom. She told me the Individual Mandate had been “Upheld.” 

Suddenly, it felt like I was being pulled out of a nightmare, slowly waking up, realizing I’d been sleepwalking and what I took as reality was the opposite. So thank you, CNN, for helping me process the emotion.

Now on to the news…

I want to thank John Roberts for acting like a Mensch. Today, the High Court officially became “The Roberts Court.” The Chief Justice showed the country, and the world, we’re a country with reverence for the rule of law, not a country with weirdo worship of rulers.

Iran has Supreme Rulers. America has a Supreme Court.

I’d like to invite Antonin Scalia to step down from the High Court; I’d like to invite Antonin Scalia to run for office; he’d make a tremendous candidate, unbeatable. I also think he’d be much happier in the role of partisan, since he’s clearly unhappy in his current job. So like an adult, it’s time for the unhappy judge to put on his big boy pants, leave the job that’s making him act like a child, throwing public temper tantrums, and step into the role of grown-up, by finding a job more suited to his “disposition.” Welcome, Antonin, to the uncertainty of adulthood.

It’s Constitutional For Obama To Care. 

Now is the moment, this is the time for the debate to evolve. Now is the moment, this is the time for the senate and congress to refine the Affordable Care Act. Now is them moment, this is the time to bring back the Public Option.

And Medicare For ALL.

If Mitt Romeny wants to be a real candidate, he has to leave behind the childishness of Birtherism, Socialism and Obstructionism.

Otherwise, he’s going to get “Doled.”

This is what my Dad calls any politician who’s been set-up to fail, like Bob Dole when he ran against Bill Clinton. But it doesn’t have to be Mitt Romney’s fate. He doesn’t have to get “Doled.”

Listen, John Roberts agrees with you, Mitt. Of course, I’m talking about the Mitt who argued forcefully for the Individual Mandate. I’m talking about the Mitt who passed RomneyCare. I’m talking about the Mitt from Massachusetts. It’s time to stop running away from your accomplishments, grab your big boy parts and lead.

Otherwise, by the end of this year, Mitt, you’ll be peddling Viagra. Incidentally, thanks to The Roberts Court, your boner pills are covered. Which leads me to believe this is a terrible day for Ann.

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9 Responses to A Terrible Day For Ann Romney

  1. Ashley Piano says:

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  2. Vince says:

    Shouldn’t Obama at least now have to show us his original birth certificate before the next election? I mean, isn’t that a requirement or something?

  3. Vince says:

    Where tort reform has happened first, it has been a proven failure to bring down health care costs.

    Tort reform, an idea conjured up by the right winged propagandists, to push and protect corporate power and money over individuals, is bad for everyone. Tort reform really means giving up individual’s rights for the benefit of huge corporations.

    I would think that tea-baggers would be against it. They would be if they were smart enough to understand it. I challenge all of you to watch the documentary “Hot Coffee.”

    And here is an article to read:
    http://www.statesman.com/news/local/new-study-tort-reform-has-not-reduced-health-2402096.html

  4. Vince says:

    We are lost. We are fighting at the battle front, but the Republican extremists are fighting for a fundamental shift to the country as a whole, from the inside out.
    http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2011/05/10/165015/koch-florida-state/?mobile=nc

  5. Andy says:

    Vince I’ll dig up the clip when I get a chance Dan Rather (an extreme right winger) asked the chief cardiologist at a hospital “in a twelve hour shift how many hours does he worry about a medical malpractice suit”? His answer———11 and a half hours out of the twelve. Does this contribute to insane healthcare costs? You’re saying there’s no room for reform. I’ll look at Hot Coffee.

  6. Andy says:

    And don’t quote me that %2 GAO STAT. GAO=DNC.

  7. Johny Cochrane says:

    If you had the chance to watch the “Hot Coffee” documentary a few weeks ago, then you were fortunate to get a glimpse at the very personal side of going through a lawsuit and the importance that our civil justice system plays in ensuring that everyone—even the most disadvantaged—have access to justice. Unfortunately, however, that system has been under attack for a number of years, under a benignly named movement called “tort reform”. But those words—tort reform—spark some pretty heated debate about just how open our courts should be to the everyday plaintiff.

    Around the same time that Hot Coffee aired, Fox’s John Stossel also aired a show focusing on the need for tort reform and criticizing “frivolous” lawsuits for ruining our justice system. It’s ironic that Stossel himself once benefitted greatly from that system and has now turned against it. But more than a single commentator’s personal opinion on lawsuits in the United States, it’s important to actually get the facts straight.

    Tort reform is often promoted as a necessary evil to promote business development, keep insurance rates in check, make sure doctors and other professionals aren’t practicing their trade out of a fear of lawsuits, and a host of other goals. These objectives are fine in and of themselves. The problems is the causal link that tort reformers make. The fact of the matter is that lawsuits themselves are not contributing to these problems and so fixing the legal system is not going to fix the problems.

    Check out some of this information pulled together by the American Association for Justice:

    The number of torts lawsuits filed is NOT rising; rather, between 1985 and 2003, the number of federal torts cases fell by 79%; at the state level torts trials decreased 31.8% between 1992 and 2001. In addition, torts cases account for only 4.4% of all civil cases filed in 2008.

    There is no link between rising health care costs and tort litigation. While it is true that health care costs are rising, medical malpractice litigation is not responsible. This type of litigation amounts to a mere 2% of all health care spending.

    Lawsuits do NOT hurt small businesses. Surveys indicate that lawsuit abuse is not a primary concern for small business owners. Instead, it is overwhelmingly large corporations—particularly, drug, oil and insurance companies—that push the tort reform agenda and claim to be fighting for small business.

    Lawsuits are NOT trying to drive companies out of business; rather lawsuits promote a strong civil justice system that holds wrongdoers accountable.

    Trial attorneys are NOT “milking the system”; attorneys who represent plaintiffs only recover on successful cases and offer an important opportunity for individuals without financial resources to stand up for their rights.

    The rise in insurance rates is NOT linked to lawsuits. Insurance companies themselves have admitted that damages caps will not result in lower premiums. Plus, the insurance industry has been posting near-record amounts of profits, which casts doubt on their claim that they are crippled by litigation.

    Whatever your position on tort reform and whatever your political leaning, this is a serious issue. Thousands of individual Americans every year are injured or wronged in some way, and those individuals need and deserve access to justice. If we’re going to have a public debate on this important issue, we owe it to ourselves to have a debate that isn’t based on emotion or heated rhetoric, but one that is based in fact. The tort system cannot just keep being the scapegoat for everything that is wrong in the country or else nothing will Get fixed.
       

  8. Vince says:

    Stories are out that Roberts changed his mind at the last second. Kennedy’s dissent calls the majority opinion the “dissent” several times. Who cares if he did? Of course I would care if the shoe was on the other hoof. So why did Roberts do it? My only thought, Gregor pushed him over the edge.

    • Gregor says:

      Of course it was me. John Roberts didn’t stand a chance against my pithy daggers. This is an incredibly popular and influential blog, where the brave come to re-group, where the weak come to be pushed over the edge, where debutantes troll for sex, where frat boys get in touch with their feminine side, where politicians take lessons in leadership, where some lucky publisher will find the pot of gold at the end of the rhetorical rainbow. It’s constitutional to care, bitches!

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