The Cause of His Life (or Thank You, Massachusetts)

Dear God, please save journalism.

Mandate struck down — High court finds measure unconstitutional.
Supreme Court finds health care individual mandate unconstitutional.
— Fox News

First, the QOTD, from Josh Marshall.

This is an imperfect law. But what’s most important is that it provides a structure under which the country can make a start not only on universal coverage — as an ethical imperative — but on doing away with the waste and inefficiencies created by the chronic market failure of the US health insurance system. Again, that matters. And I suspect that there’s no going back.
— Josh Marshall
President Obama and the late Sen. Ted Kennedy

President Obama and the late Sen. Ted Kennedy

Now for the right wingnut machine...

Today, in a closed door House GOP meeting Thursday, Indiana congressman and gubernatorial candidate Mike Pence likened the Supreme Court’s ruling upholding the Democratic health care law to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, according to several sources present.
— Politico

What else fun happened?

If government can mandate that I pay for something I don’t want, then what is beyond its power? If the Supreme Court’s decision Thursday paves the way for unprecedented intrusion into personal decisions, then has the Republic all but ceased to exist? If so, then is armed rebellion today justified?
God willing, this oppression will be lifted and America free again before the first shot is fired.
— Former Michigan GOP Spokesman Asks If ‘Armed Rebellion’ Needed Over Supreme Court Ruling
This government takeover of health care remains as destructive, unsustainable, and unconstitutional as it was the day it was passed, unread, by a since-fired congressional majority. Now as then, our first step toward real health care reform and economic renewal remains Obamacare’s full repeal, down to the last letter and punctuation mark. I urge every governor to stop implementing the health care exchanges that would help implement the harmful effects of this misguided law. Americans have loudly rejected this federal takeover of health care, and governors should join with the people and reject its implementation.
— Sen. Jim DeMint calling for unconstitutional nullification by states

But I save the most precious comment for last...

Jesse Hertzberg