In a piece at The Daily Beast, Begala, former Clinton advisor, is terrified that ObamaCare is now in the hands of the Supreme Court. He writes, “These are the folks who disgraced themselves in Bush v. Gore.”
And then he addresses Justice Alito’s analogy of health insurance to burial insurance, in which Alito said, “I don’t see the difference. You can get burial insurance. You can get health insurance. Most people are going to need health care. Almost everybody. Everybody is going to be buried or cremated at some point. What’s the difference?”
Begala’s answer? “The difference, you want to scream, is we don’t have a burial-insurance crisis in America. We aren’t spending 17 percent of our total national wealth on burials year after year. We aren’t bankrupting families because burial costs are out of control. Perhaps most important, if a person doesn’t get good health care, he or she will die. If someone doesn’t get a good burial, well, she or he is not going to die. Because, you jerk—I mean, your Honor—that person is already dead.”
My question to Begala is, what if, as a result of no government health care, Americans start dying in droves? Might there then be a burial-insurance crisis? And if there is, would you then be on Justice Alito’s side?
And just for fun, the follow-up question is, how does it feel to bite your nails wondering whether or not the Court will rule your way, regardless of what the Constitution prescribes?