I would really like to know just how much Donald Trump paid to U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor of Texas. Or perhaps it wasn’t money, but the promise of a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court. Whatever the enticement, Judge Reed O’Connor has just thrown the citizens of the United States under the proverbial bus. What, you ask, did he do? Last night, Judge O’Connor ruled that ACA in its totality is unconstitutional. Not just part of ACA … the entire bloomin’ Affordable Care Act!Judge O’Connor isn’t new to controversial rulings. Let’s take a look at just a few he’s made in the past decade …
- Halted implementation of ACA Section 1557 that prohibited discrimination against transgender people by federally funded health programs. Why? Because the judge felt it violated religious rights under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. – December 2016
- Ruled against the Title IX law that required that schools receiving federal funding not discriminate against students on the basis of sex or gender identification – October 2016
- Ruled that the Indian Child Welfare Act was unconstitutional. The act halted the forcible removal of as many as 25% – 30% of Native American children from their homes for no reason other than their heritage, and then being put up for adoption, placed in non-Indian homes with a deliberate absence of American Indian cultures – October 2018
So, we have here a judge in the southern state of Texas who is a proven bigot and racist, and he has decided that the entirety of ACA, the program that was intended to ensure that every man, woman and child in the U.S. would have at least basic healthcare insurance, goes against the Constitution. And Trump’s own ‘surprised’ reaction?
“Wow, but not surprisingly, ObamaCare was just ruled UNCONSTITUTIONAL by a highly respected judge in Texas. Great news for America!”
No, you fat, pimple-faced, fake-hair jerk! It is the worst possible news for America! Only wait … that’s right, you don’t give a damn about America, do you, for your allegiance lies elsewhere … in Russia … in Saudi Arabia.
And later …
“As I predicted all along, Obamacare has been struck down as an UNCONSTITUTIONAL disaster! Now Congress must pass a STRONG law that provides GREAT healthcare and protects pre-existing conditions.”
Yeah, sure, right … and I believe that the Easter Bunny lays chocolate eggs, too …
Judge O’Connor has been sitting on the case that prompted his ruling for several months now, but it was decided to wait until the end of the open enrollment period and, more importantly, after the mid-term elections, where health care was a major deciding factor for many voters. Clever, aren’t these damn republicans?
The judge’s ruling will no doubt be appealed all the way up the line until finally it lands on the docket of the U.S. Supreme Court, so for the time being, nothing changes. What happens when it reaches the Supreme Court? Good question. Remember how just this week, Kavanaugh sided with liberal and moderate judges in a refusal to hear a case that could have ended in defunding Planned Parenthood? People were scratching their heads, wondering if perhaps Kavanaugh was a decent guy after all. I said he was biding his time, picking his battles. What do you want to bet this is one of those battles he was saving up for?
The basic difference in ideologies between democrats and republicans boils down to whether the government’s focus should be on people or industry. Prior to ACA, health insurance was so expensive that a large portion of Americans took their chances without insurance. ACA sought to remedy that, sought to ensure that no child would have to die because his parents could not afford to take him to the doctor. But the republicans believed that their tax dollars should not be wasted on the lives of those of us they view as second-class citizens because we haven’t had the same opportunities for enrichment they have had.
And now a bigoted judge in Texas has decided all by himself that healthcare should only be accessible to those who earn over a certain amount of money. ACA is not unconstitutional. ACA is about helping people live their lives. Nowhere in the Constitution does it state that people should not be allowed to live if they are poor. Unlike Donald Trump, I have actually read the Constitution … many times. We The People are sick and tired of having to fight battle after battle to be treated with a bit of respect in our own country, the country that our hard-earned tax dollars support. We are paying a high price for the follies of the current administration and it is past time for people to realize it.
As for Judge Reed O’Connor … I’m betting that next time Trump has an opportunity to nominate a Supreme Court justice, O’Connor’s name will be on the short list.