Many parallels have drawn between Franklin D. Roosevelt and Barack H. Obama. Now there is another one. Both had key provisions of their transformative programs struck down by the courts. FDR’s National Recovery Act (NRA) was declared unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court. Now the core of Obama’s Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, has been declared unconstitutional by a U.S. District Court.
Of course, a District Court is not the final word and only one provision of the PPACA (Obamacare) is affected. But remember what Obama said when he spoke to labor union members, “single payer is the goal.” The District Court has struck at the heart and shattered Obama’s dream. If it goes to the Supreme Court of the land, the President can count on the ladies to lean his way. The ladies, of course are Ginsburg, Sotomayor and Kagan. (A somewhat motley group, no?)
If Obama gets his way with the ladies and SOTUS reverses TUSDC (The U.S. District Court) there is still 2013. If the courts do not provide relief from Obamacare the legislature can change the law.
Just in the last few days, Obama has lost one to the Democrats, one to the courts and one to Bill Clinton. When we say the “Dude is Done”, the dude is done.