So much for Chief Justice Roberts’s clever little interpretive construction:
A conservative federal judge in Texas on Friday ruled the Affordable Care Act “invalid” on the eve of the sign-up deadline for next year. But with appeals certain, even the Trump White House said the law will remain in place for now.
In a 55-page opinion, U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor ruled that last year’s tax cut bill knocked the constitutional foundation from under “Obamacare” by eliminating a penalty for not having coverage. The rest of the law cannot be separated from that provision and is therefore invalid, he wrote.
But… but… precedent! This is not who we are! You can’t turn the clock back! This decision is interesting, because one of the most important reasons for the complete failure of the Conservative movement is its philosophical refusal to ever attempt to take back ground that has been lost.
It’s also a good reminder of how the shenanigans upon which the Left so often relies serve as structural weak links that can be utilized to bring down everything that is built upon them.