Gary Johnson on ObamaCare Ruling: "It has been clear for a while that we need a new President and a new Congress. Now it appears we need a new Supreme Court."


Libertarian Party Presidential Candidate Gary Johnson has released a statement about today's Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act: 

"It has been clear for a while that we need a new President and a new Congress. Now it appears we need a new Supreme Court.

Whether the Court chooses to call the individual mandate a tax or anything else, allowing it to stand is a truly disturbing decision. The idea that government can require an individual to buy something simply because that individual exists and breathes in America is an incredible blow to the bedrock principles of freedom and liberty.  It must be repealed, and Congress needs to get about doing so today.

There is one thing we know about health care. Government cannot create a system that will reduce costs while increasing access. Only competition and the price transparency that competition will bring can accomplish the imperatives of affordability and availability.  Whether it is the President's plan, or the Republican prescription drug benefit, the idea that anyone in Washington can somehow manage one of the most essential and substantial parts of both our quality of life and the economy is, and always has been, fundamentally wrong.

We can never know how many Americans are out of work today because of the uncertainty the monstrous health care law has caused. The Court has done nothing to remove that burden.

Nothing about today's decision changes the basic reality that it is impossible to eliminate deficit spending and remove the smothering consequences of federal debt without dramatically reducing the costs of Medicare and Medicaid.  And neither the Democrats nor the Republicans have given the slightest hint of willingness to do so.

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  1. Place Johnson in a secure location. Something tells me we’ll need him to lead the human resistance against the machines in 2016.

    1. Seriously. I’m still holding out hope for a GJ and Rand Paul coalition.

      Maybe get the Judge in on it too, if possible.

      1. Gary Johnson should announce that if he is elected president, he will offer the Secretary of Treasury position to Ron Paul and AG to Judge Napolitano, with Napolitano to be nominated to the SCOTUS when a slot opens up.

  2. The best thing Republicans in Congress can do is start working on a “Repeal and Replace” law. If they just work for repeal, it will get shot down by Democrats, but if they actually have workable market reforms to implement then there is a (very slight) chance that it gets through.

    1. Obviously the Democrats will oppose it either way. But by having actual reforms they can show the public that it’s not just about repealing a bad law (which is important) but replacing the existing shit we have with something decent.

  3. Also, what is the significance of leaving this decision until the end of June? Is scotus (per the new rule not to capitalize them) going on break now? I would think an earlier decision would have been better…

    1. This is the last day of the term. It’s pretty typical for them to wait until the end for big important decisions. Keep in mind that it’s about 3 months since the oral arguments, so this wait has been fairly standard.

  4. What we need to do right after repealing ACA, is pass a constitutional amendment, banning the ability of the feds to tax us if we don’t eat the right things, behave properly, or purchase the right things. It’s ridiculous that we allow them to try to control our behavior through the tax code.

    1. We don’t need to allow them to tax us at all. They can collect revenue from the states directly, proportional to nothing but representation.

      1. With the correct amendment, that is.

        1. IOW, repeal the 16th. Definitely something I can get behind.

      2. I’d support that everyday of the week, and twice on Sunday!

  5. This law was birthed by Republicans! It was endorsed by Heritage! Nobody is repealing anything. Romney is going to use this decision to weasel his way to the White House and then he’ll appoint “one of us” to oversea the federal version of his original plan. WAKE UP PEOPLE!

    1. You are right, Romney will never work to repeal this. Why? Because he likes it, and he will have more important agendas to work on, like beating war drums and getting support to invade Iran.

      Around the web, brain dead red team cheerleaders are saying ‘Now we have to vote for Romney!’ Duh.

      While blue team cheerleaders are screaming ‘pay up tea baggers! give us more, more, more!’ parasites.

    2. Bingo on everything, except the part about Romney winning (not that it would matter). As terrible as the Dems are at doing anything, the RNC is even worse. The RNC seems stuck (like the Dems were from 2000 on, although they really had no choice with Gore) on running unelectable candidates.

    3. What is more disgusting is that Romney quickly raised a million dollars today by people who want Obamacare overturned without realizing ROMNEY DRAFTED THE FRIGGIN’ PROTOTYPE!!!

  6. Why doesn’t he stop beating around the bush and say we need a new Constitution and a new government? It’s a perfectly valid argument.

    1. Should have paid more attention to The Simpsons and their depiction of Springfield. Unfortunately, it seems people are too stupid and greedy to deserve freedom and liberty.

  7. Can anyone tell me what this means for small businesses? I’d like to know if my boss is going to kick me in the balls days before my little girl is born.

    1. Well if your little girl is about to be born, then you’re perfectly fine, because the mandates and whatnot don’t kick in until FY2014.

    2. Not much if you don’t have 50 or more employees. Except that if you did have health benefits for your employees, you now will probably have to drop them because you can’t afford the new plan premiums.

      1. Or they’ll just keep their portion of the premium subsidy static and pass on the premium increase to employees.

        1. Company I am working for is already increasing our premiums by roughly $900 a year. Thanks, deadbeats, enjoy your free health care.

  8. Anyone know why Johnson insists on using that echo sound effect on his online ads? Very annoying.


    1. Stupidity. Same with the static and other crap.

      1. The reason for this is to imply the sort of “resistence” you see in the old WWII movies and the future armagendon dystopian future movies where people are relying on old, worn out radio technology to get messages sent out to the freedom fighters. Think of the Terminator 4 movie. It is to make you associate Gary with a resistance against the overbearing opresors you have to hide from.

    2. I agree. A wah pedal and fuzz tone would suit his demographic better.

    3. It helps to create an image of an insurgency style campaign, which appeals to many independents (but not all) and many Ron Paul supporters.

  9. Does this regime have the consent of the governed.

    If yes, then what is everybody complaining about?

    If no, then what is everybody only complaining about?

  10. Isn’t he basically saying we need a few hundred assassinations? Otherwise we’ll have a totally new Congress and Supreme Court from what we have today by 2075.

  11. I doubt a “new” congress or potus or scotus would change a damn thing.

  12. There is only one good thing that came out of this. When young working people, who cheered for this, not understanding what it is, have to start paying for expensive health care premiums that they do not want, or need, that may be the death of this. That is the one and only thing that may kill it. I will retire in a few years, and I will laugh at the little socialists who are paying for my health care, until the death panel denies me that operation that I need. Until then…

    1. In other words, we are going to be seeing a big new crop of Libertarians in the next few years. Welcome to the dark side, young weedhoppers.

      1. we are going to be seeing a big new crop of Libertarians in the next few years.

        I wish I had your optimism.

        1. Trust me on this one, rts. We are already seeing young people swing our way, but when they have to start paying for the health care of us old coots, then you will see that swing increase greatly. Dems better amend this to let the kiddies stay on parents healthcare until they are 50, or they are going to lose a lot of voters.

          1. but when they have to start paying for the health care of us old coots, then you will see that swing increase greatly.

            I live in a country (Canada) where this is already the reality. Trust me, there are no swings to libertarianism in the youth.

            1. You are comparing apples to oranges. Canada is not the US.

              1. Well, sure. But I still think you’re too optimistic.

        2. Hyperion is correct. After every presidential election there are always new “libertarians.” If Obama wins, new “libertarians” with show up trying to convince us to ally with the GOP. If Romney wins, new “libertarians” will show up to try and forge a liberaltarian alliance.

          And it’s always us that has to make the gross compromises to get it all to work.

          1. That’s because libertarians are the double-secret illuminati.

            1. We are watching you right now, through your computer monitor.

        3. And don’t get me wrong. We are stuck with this POS for a while. I am not optimistic about that. We may get rid of part or most of it by 2020, not before. By then it may be so firmly entrenched that it will be really tough to dismantle. Only thing that can save us is the youngsters going full on Libertarian on the corruptocrats old wrinkly arses.

          1. It’s just too bad that the old folks are the ones holding the reins of power. There will always be, as has always been, more power given to those in power in return for some table scraps thrown to the commoners.

            1. I swear, the generation that was born during the 30s, had something evil put in their drinking water. I think when prohibition was repealed, the progressives went crazy and poisoned the water with crony kool-aid. That and enacted the income tax, and installed the Fed, among other evil crap.

    2. When young working people, who cheered for this, not understanding what it is, have to start paying for expensive health care premiums that they do not want, or need, that may be the death of this then they’ll demand a single payer system.


  13. Lots of speculation out there that this was indeed a calculated move by Roberts to:

    1. Limit the use of the commerce clause.

    2. Get the public even more angry at the Dems for a huge tax increase.

    3. Insure that Repubs take the presidency and the senate.

    Might work for 1 and 2, but on 3, I am doubtful. In any case, as much as I want it, this will not be repealed in the next 4 years, and we are stuck with this horrible monstrosity for the forseeable future. I would put odds of that as 99-1, against.

    1. To clarify, I meant the odds for repeal.

  14. Now it appears we need a new Supreme Court.

    I understand that Johnson was only the governor of a small and obscure province of Mexico, and not a real legislator, but no mere president may dissolve an existing court and create a new one. He knows that. Doesn’t he?

    1. but no mere president may dissolve an existing court…

      Gary Johnson for Emperor 2012!

      1. Hey, it worked for Napoleon, and that little shrimp never climbed no mountains!

    2. He never said that we would get rid of them.

  15. OT:





    1. Yes, you are correct. It is not a joke. This has astoundingly large consequences for everyone in the country.

  16. He knows that. Doesn’t he?

    Yes, I think that the former governor of that Mexican province knows that. You don’t think you are twisting the meaning of the statement at all, do you?

    1. He’s just respecting precedent.

  17. The Dems long term strategy is firmly in place. That strategy is simply this:

    Nothing is a better vote getter than taking away from those who work hard for what they have, and giving it to those who refuse to work for it. Sadly, it works really, really well.


    That’s basically what he’s saying, right?

    1. Yes, but nicely. No guns, please.

      1. Yes, we must be more subversive and not get caught. I would make some suggestions in jest, but I don’t want the FBI/DHS knocking on my door because they don’t understand a joke.

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