This past week, America was subjected to the high-stakes game of legislative rock paper scissors. The players to watch on the scissors team were Ruth Bader Ginsburg (played by Ruth Buzzi), Sonia Sotomayor (played by Zoila Chavez), and Elena Kagan (played by Rachel Maddow -- or played by Abby Elliot playing Rachel Maddow).
The question before the Supreme Court is whether Congress has the authority under the Commerce Clause of the US Constitution to order every American to buy a government-approved level of health insurance and to charge a financial penalty to those citizens who do not comply.
When I first heard about the intentions of Obamacare, it sounded like the recurring nightmare of Hillarycare. Even though President Clinton enjoyed four years of Democratic control in both the House and the Senate, his party was unable to agree on the structure of a government takeover of the medical free market. The salient intra-party debate was whether the citizens would rebel over Hillary’s task force recommendation for a “single-payer” system.