Monday, Judge Roger Vinson issued his ruling voiding Obamacare in its entirety as unconstitutional. On page 79, he indicated that he expected the Federal Government to honor the ruling, which would mean that it ceases implementation.
But we know that the Obama administration is breaking new ground in its defiance of any other authority than its own. I just checked the White House website, and the only statement on Judge Vinson’s ruling is a posting by Stephanie Cutter yesterday (Tuesday). The posting plainly states: “The Department of Justice has made clear that it is reviewing all of its options in responding to this case, as it does in all cases. Implementation will continue.” The statement implies that Judge Vinson did not bar implementation of the law, which is false. He declared it void. But the administration is acting as if they don’t even have to appeal it.
Republicans, where are you on this? You should be jumping up and down and screaming, because the Obama administration has just thumbed its nose at the courts. Aren’t you going to stand up for the rule of law? Or are you going to allow it to be trampled?
Mark Levin had an interview on his radio show last night with David Rivkin, the Lead Counsel in the case. If the Obama administration does not cease implementing this law, any of the 26 states that were party to the lawsuit could go back to the judge and ask that administration officials be held in contempt of court.
Rivkin says he understands their strategy on this. They want to get as far down the line as possible toward implementing this law in the hopes that opposition will soften and they will have a better chance of keeping it. And maybe one of the conservative justices on the court will die in the meantime, and they’ll end up with a victory. They want to delay until the last possible day before filing an appeal. It’s a corrupt ploy, and Republicans need to fight them on every front.
This is one more step taking this country to the equivalent of a banana republic, where certain people can violate the laws with impunity, and where it becomes a government of the capricious whims of men rather than a government of laws.