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I was not surprised. I was disappointed. Scalia's scathing dissent was brilliant - and spot on.

A friend, trying to talk me out of the deep dark funk he could tell I was in this evening, said that it's time to let the law fail economically - as all the numbers he's ever seen indicate it is doomed to do. Obamacare is and always has been a glorified pyramid scheme. I expect more states might consider opting out (because the Feds can pick up their slack - SCOTUS said so) . . . more employers will be laying off employees/using contractors . . . more small town hospitals will be going under . . . and EVERYONE will be under the knuckle of insurance companies/medical conglomerates.

Sooner or later the middle class is going to get tired of paying the bills that kill - and will revolt under the strain.

But more people have to get HURT first.

I expect that the Republicans who were elected in-large-part to lead the charge to repeal the ACA are breathing a sigh of relief. It's not their mess - the Dems truly do OWN the thing now - along with all of the unintended consequences that those of us in the trenches are seeing/dealing with every day.

It will, of course, be a big issue in the next Presidential election. For if it indeed "here to stay", the next question is . . .

HOW DO YOU FIX IT? I don't think we can.

Mary, I tend to agree with much of what you say. But I am not sure if this is ever going away. The natural tendency seems to be toward more statism and socialism. I hope you are right, however.

Most folks do not understand that the most problematic aspects of Obamacare have yet to be implemented, even though the law is 5 years old. And the diabolical "brilliance" of its design is that average folks will not know that medical care is being withheld from them.

Your comments imply that the political situation is fixable. Of course, it ordinarily would be, according to the historical record.

But that would require courage and integrity and understanding and organization and determination and effective communication on the part of our leaders... and on the part of the general public. The issue is that those attributes are in short supply these days. The flame is barely flickering.

Joe, I do think that we are on the slow methodical march to socialized medicine. That is most certainly what will happen when Obamacare implodes on its very shaky fiscal foundation - IF the Republicans don't grow some gonads and present a good alternative.

In my short lifetime, I have seen the political winds blow from one extreme to another. Right now, we seem to be under the thumb of some kind of warped liberal Fascism. It's really scary - and much of it is fundamentally un-American. From what I see on the ground - we are due for a STORM.

As a physician several times burned by corporate medicine, I don't have much left except to hope for change - I want to dance in that rain when it comes.

Mary, I think part of this depends on which way the media will sway. From its inception, the MSM has been fiercely protective of Obamacare. It really likes and wants all the socialism.

The D.C. Republicans are deathly afraid of the media, and are utterly inept from the standpoint of advocating their position using the media.

Will the mainstream media ever turn? Will it change the focus of its perpetual manipulations? That seems doubtful, because it is an intrinsic, vital part of the progressive/socialist movement. They are all hand-in-glove. But I suppose it may one day be possible for the media to turn, particularly if things were to get very bad, very quickly.

The only way otherwise is to beat the media, as Reagan once did by going over their heads to communicate directly with the American people. The Republicans have not had anyone able to do that since then.

The above comments, of course, presume that the Republicans truly want to beat Obamacare. Given the number of monied corporate interests with a stake in Obamacare, and the Republicans' propensity toward vote-buying with federal charity programs, that is a very dicey proposition.

The D.C. Republicans certainly have not acted as if they truly want to beat it.

Hospital stocks did go up after the ruling.

Heavy sigh.

Mary, it would also be worthwhile to keep an eye on pharmaceutical stocks, certain computer-related stocks and also stocks for large insurance companies. These were all winners-- at least for a time.

". . . at least for a time."

Kinda like the housing market before the fall.

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