The answer is no.
A brave Texas judge ruled last week that Obamacare is unconstitutional, the day before this year’s open enrollment deadline and a peak enrollment time.
Judge Reed O’Connor of the Federal District Court for the Northern District of Texas ruled that Obamacare’s mandate that most people have to buy health insurance is unconstitutional. The individual mandate “can no longer be sustained as an exercise of Congress’s tax power,” he said.
Great news, right? Not for some RINOs.
After the ruling, Rep. Greg Walden of Oregon said in a statement: “We have a rare opportunity for truly bipartisan health care reform that protects those with pre-existing conditions, increases transparency and choice, and lowers costs.”
Politico reports that Republicans like Rodney Whitlock, who formerly worked in health care for a Republican senator, doesn’t think cheering the ruling sets “a constructive tone.” Whitlock told Politico the president has “got to lead. I don’t think you’ll see congressional Republicans wanting to go that route when it’s far from clear that they’d have support from 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.”
Politico also quoted an anonymous House GOP aide who said: “It’s all the downsides. Politically, I don’t think that it helps us at all.”
Sure, Republicans are worried about the implications of the new health care ruling making their way through the courts and the press in a presidential election year, including bringing up the fact that people with pre-existing conditions could be left in a lurch if Obamacare dies for good.
Having lost 40 seats in the House in the 2018 midterms, people are running scared. We get it.
But let’s stick to first principles here. We believe in the American values that freedom isn’t free. If some six-year-old kid with a heart condition is collateral damage because his parents can’t afford health insurance, they should have worked harder.
We want to be able to choose our doctors and not have some government entity tell us when and where to buy insurance. This isn’t France or the UK, with universal health systems where anyone can walk into a clinic and get free care. This is America, and we’d like to keep it that way.