|Quoting Ken777 (Reply 11):|
If they rule against the House then you're going to have a bit of chaos as I believe the ruling will be very sharply focused on that one issue, leaving in place other parts of the legislation. That will include additional taxes of one form or another for those who do not have health care.
Really? I thought if the SC
declared a bill unconstitutional, the entire bill then becomes a dead issue. The entire process will have to start over again, this time with an already unpopular bill trying to be passed via high tax increases. Good luck with that.
I might be 100% wrong here, maybe the SC
can deem "parts" of the bill unconstitutional. Maybe they can't.
However, that being said, since this could (is) be(ing) passed via reconciliation, which is budgetary, then stripping a mandated way of paying for the bill results in reconciliation being invalid, killing the entire bill. Remember, anything being passed via reconciliation *MUST BE
DEFICIT NEUTRAL.* Taking the payment method away from the bill will instantly make it a bill that COSTS money. So, an entire new reconciliation bill will have to be passed VIA
TAX INCREASES to ensure the deficit neutral rule is intact. Correct?
[Edited 2010-03-20 17:38:33]