Thursday, March 29, 2012

Tomasky: Liberals Did Poor Job Arguing For 'Obamacare'

Posted By on Thu, Mar 29, 2012 at 10:07 AM

While the U.S. Supreme Court steps away from public arguments surrounding the Affordable Care Act, and now turns to its behind-closed-door decision-making process, the Daily Beast’s Michael Tomasky writes that so-called Obamacare’s worst enemy may have been liberals.

“Liberalism has trouble talking about responsibility,” wrote Tomasky. “Liberals are far happier talking about rights.”

In particular, Tomasky points to something called “the harm principle.” Simply put, Tomasky wrote that the much-debated individual mandate of health care reform is the greater good.

“Our natural wills guide us toward being left alone, not being part of community. And that’s just fine – until our actions harm others. Then, governmental power is justified,” wrote Tomasky. “The government has the right and duty to step in to prevent harm to others. And just as it explains why the mandate is valid in this case, it also explains why this kind of government action is limited to health care and can’t be extended to the purchase of broccoli or Chevy Volts or funeral plans or whatever else the conservative justices came up with Tuesday.”

Tomasky isn’t shy about criticizing Solicitor General Donald Verrilli’s defense of the Affordable Care Act before the high court, calling him “the Bill Buckner of American politics." Tomasky said Verrilli did a particularly poor job in answering the “broccoli question.”

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