Protesters disrupted a U.S. Chamber of Commerce event on health care today, interrupting speaker Scott Serota, the CEO of Blue Cross & Blue Shield. Chanting “we are the 99 percent,” the protesters stood at the luncheon event and used a “human microphone” technique to read a statement about how the “the one percent in the health care industry” is only interested in profit “at the expense of human suffering and preventable death.” The protesters decried the influence that the health insurance industry wielded in the debate over the Affordable Care Act, and called for “Medicare for all” or a “single payer health system.”
Wrong forum, wrong date. They should have been protesting in Washington a couple years ago.
The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear a challenge to the 2010 health care overhaul law, President Obama’s signature legislative achievement. The development set the stage for oral arguments by March and a decision in late June, in the midst of the 2012 presidential campaign.
I’m not going to make any predictions on the outcome, but whichever way it goes will be bad for Obama.
If Obamacare is upheld, it will remind people about the most unpopular piece of legislation since . . . uh, . . . forever. Even Prohibition was popular when it first passed.
On the other hand, if it is struck down it will be a stinging defeat for Obama’s signature policy achievement.
That’s why Obamanation is praying that Mitt Romney is the GOP nominee.