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By Ezra Klein  |  April 7, 2010; 10:00 AM ET
 
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Plan A is to get the federal courts to sabotage HCR (the same courts that yesterday killed net neutrality in favor of bug business).

Plan B is to get the activist conservative USSC to do it. This is the same court that declared Bush the winner in 2000, more recently declared long-standing local gun laws unconstitutional, and this year virtually declared corporations are people.

I am more pessimistic than Ezra that HCR will not be sabotaged by the conservatively politicized American court system.

Posted by: Lomillialor | April 7, 2010 10:20 AM | Report abuse

I think a more accurate cartoon would depict the Republicans figuring out how to tell their base they are going to do everything that can to repeal HCR without actually planning on doing much of anything.

Posted by: Kevin_Willis | April 7, 2010 10:28 AM | Report abuse

all this talk about constitutionality of the mandate can go away if it is restructured to be a tax that is rebated with proof of insurance, the same way mortgage interest is deducted from taxable income...Simple and clearly constitutional...In this construction, no one is forcing people to buy insurance just like no one is forced to buy a house and have a mortgage, but if you want the tax benefit, you have to have a mortgage.

Posted by: srw3 | April 7, 2010 12:01 PM | Report abuse

"all this talk about constitutionality of the mandate can go away if it is restructured to be a tax that is rebated with proof of insurance, the same way mortgage interest is deducted from taxable income..."

I think it actually is structured that way, except without requiring proof (and also without a penalty for not having insurance).

Posted by: SterlingNorth | April 7, 2010 5:25 PM | Report abuse

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