Thursday, June 28, 2012
Thought of the Day
Chief Justice John Roberts
Labels: John Roberts quote
I'll be reading the op over the wk-end -- can't wait to read Ginsberg's parts -- apparently, she got off multiple slams at Roberts.
RE: effects of the [rewritten] law. Here's an interesting speculation by Blahous:
...was listening to NPR this a.m., and had to chuckle to myself every time they referred to how hard it would be for a state to opt out of the extended Medicaid -- that it would be hard to turn down those Federal funds that would pay 100& then 90% of the cost. Just WHERE does NPR think those Fed funds are coming from? The pot of gold at the end of the rainbow?
States have been fooled before by those now-you're-funded-now-you're-not mandates. Shame on them if they're fooled again.
Also, the various parts of the health care/insurance industry are already lobbying for waiver/exemption or outright change for their revenue-raising part of the law (tax on ins. premiums; tax on medical devices; etc.) What are the odds that the Capitol critters can resist those pleas for relief? Which will drive the law even further out of balance.
We're doomed if this law survives.
Sorry for the length; I'm really interested in your comments on the decision.
I wish Roberts had just kicked it back to congress with a note that said, "Nice try. Fail. Let's see what you can do with it now that you've had some practice."
You remember the Denver busing case? Judge Matsch kicked the first intergration plan proposal back to the school district saying that he wasn't going to tell them how to frame their plan, but that the first try didn't work for him & they should give it some more thought.
I just wish more people could understand the hit to the fisc that this law will deliver.