We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Can the GOP eliminate the healthcare mandate (actually the entire law) with 51 senators? No. Untrue. At minimum it will take 50 senators + the presidency (only 50, not 51, since a GOP VP can break a tie vote as the president of the Senate). If the GOP holds the House and does take the Senate in the upcoming election, it can pass a bill that repeals ObamaCare. But if Obama is re-elected, he will veto any repeal bill; it will then take a much larger majority in Congress to override his veto. Hence, for repeal to succeed, the GOP will also need to defeat Obama.
As I wrote yesterday, whatever the outcome of the election and subsequent efforts to repeal ObamaCare, Roberts' reasoning in the majority decision has now put the country in a much worse position than ever before, having given the Court's stamp of approval to virtually unlimited federal authority to control our lives through the government's broad taxing power. This assertion by the Court majority makes expansive government a certainty. The expansion of federal authority via the Commerce Clause will pale in comparison to the mischief we can expect now that the Court has vested an unlimited taxing power in the federal government. Judging by what I've been reading this morning on the Web, people are waking up to that fact (see, for example, the discussion thread on the Tax Prof blog).
AG, what are are the 'teeth' in this law? What is the penalty for not paying the fine/tax? Even if you pay the "tax", you can still end up in the emergency room eligible for a million dollar transplant?
Tell me how this is Affordable for the taxpayer? I think we are on the same side of this disaster. Help me with a check list to destroy the message where they only interview those who haven't read the now-multiple-2700 pages with those the administration has exclused.