Now that the government has secured unprecedented power over us, a new era has dawned for liberals, who will now have a new confidence to pursue countless other long-deferred projects of social engineering.
Without the mandate, the costs of taking care of our own may become unsustainable. Striking it down thus would be a step toward the potential repeal of the Emergency Medical Treatment Act -- a repeal that would, for many, be a death trap.
Partisan polarization creates gridlock. And gridlock has become the new norm in American politics. The only way out, given the separation of powers in the U.S. Constitution, is for one party to win control of everything.
One could design a national health care system akin to treatment-by-vending-machine: put in your condition and a credit card, and it spits out a medicine, no discussion needed. But is that really best for patients?
What Orrin Hatch chose to do in speaking of the health care law as he did not only belittled him personally, it illustrates what intelligent and perfectly reasonable public servants have to do in this political climate to continue to serve.
In the past, health care costs weren't a big enough impact on the bottom line for business to worry about. That has changed. Many are at a breaking point, and I believe the prescription is a do-it-yourself approach.
While the direction of Obama's presidency may be difficult to explain, it has demonstrated the narrow bandwidth in which American politics occurs: a very limited policy space ranging from the center to the right.