The art of jiujitsu is to use an opponent's weight and strength to your advantage. I believe we can further choke the life out of Obamacare by using this martial art technique. Let me explain.
Last week, I shared with you that while Republicans' power to repeal Obamacare has been thwarted by the president's re-election, all is not lost. Conservatives can still suffocate the federal monstrosity by supporting individual-to-state efforts to impede its funding and implementation.
I noted how, just two weeks ago, the U.S. Supreme Court ordered a lower federal court to take up a lawsuit by the patriots at Liberty University, who claim Congress violated the college's religious freedoms by forcing it to provide federally mandated insurance and requiring payment for abortion-related services.
Similarly, legal battles and federal courts blocked the Obama administration's health intrusions into O'Brien Industrial Holdings (a Missouri mining company), as well as Tyndale (a Christian publisher) and the Christian-owned craft chain Hobby Lobby. All of these fine American institutions are being mandated by Obamacare to abandon their own consciences and core values about contraceptives.
And let us not forget that more than half of the states in our Union are suing the federal government over Obamacare. WND just reported that, for a second time, Republican Gov. Chris Christie "rejected legislation passed by New Jersey's Democratic-controlled legislature that would have established a state-run health insurance exchange under Obamacare."
As Avik Roy, a health care investment analyst and senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research, explains in his Forbes blog about health care and entitlement reform: "States are on firm policy ground in refusing to expand Medicaid, America's worst health care program, because it will create severe fiscal vulnerabilities for the states. In addition, states are right to refuse to implement Obamacare's exchanges, because the law gives states almost no flexibility in terms of how they build those exchanges." (Insurance exchanges are a list of government-regulated and certified health care plans that are eligible for federal subsidies. Obamacare mandates that exchanges must be approved and active by Jan. 1, 2014.)
This past week, Doug Book from the Western Center for Journalism noted well how the hinge of Obamacare (indeed, its rigidity) pivots on more federal subsidies "designed to help low and middle-income individuals purchase health insurance." But, according to the Affordable Care Act itself, the "subsidies may only be applied to insurance exchanges set up by individual states, not exchanges implemented by the federal government."
Be wise and careful here!