June 28, 2012 | by Joshua Holland
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When Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker beat back a recall effort, we learned that conservatives aren't exactly gracious in victory. On Thursday, when Chief Justice John Roberts joined the Supreme Court's moderate bloc to uphold ObamaCare, we discovered that the Right is nothing less than unhinged in defeat.
The remarkable thing about the heated debates about the law over the last three years is just how modest these reforms really are, especially when one considers how screwed up our healthcare system was to begin with.
The reality is that there is no "government takeover" underway. Some lower-middle-class families are going to get some subsidies to buy insurance, maybe ten million or so more poor people will be eligible for Medicaid. Insurers will get some new regulations that are popular even among Republicans.
And with Thursday's ruling, the government can no longer mandate that you carry insurance, it can only levy a small tax on those who don't. The real-world impact of that? Only an estimated 1 percent of the population will face the tax – a tax that maxes out at 1 percent -- and it may not even be enforceable!
But for the Right, a moderate expansion of health coverage and some new insurance regulations are, simply put, the worst things that ever happened. How bad is it? Well imagine that in the midst of the Holocaust, a meteor crashed to earth, destroying the entire planet. And as planet Earth exploded, it opened up a tear in the space-time continuum that swallowed up the entire galaxy. Thursday's ruling was, apparently, almost that bad.
For your reading pleasure, we've collected some of the most hilariously over-the-top freakouts we've seen. Enjoy!
1. Totally Not Exaggerating!
Baby-faced Breitbart editor Ben Shapiro offers a coolly dispassionate analysis of yesterday's ruling...
This is the greatest destruction of individual liberty since Dred Scott. This is the end of America as we know it. No exaggeration.
— benshapiro (@benshapiro) June 28, 2012
No, say it is not true!
Elise Viebeck / The Hill:
Man how nuts to have to be to react like this?
GLENN BECK SELLS TEE SHIRTS CALLING JOHN ROBERTS A ‘COWARD’ | After yesterday’s Supreme Court ruling upholding the individual mandate of the Affordable Care Act,conservative politicians turned on Chief Justice John Roberts for siding with liberal justices and ruling the mandate constitutionally sound. Critics of the decision even edited his Wikipeida page to call him a “chief traitor” and “coward,” and suggested his epilepsy medicine cause “cognitive problems.” Conservative commentator Glenn Beck got in on the action, labeling the chief justice the “Dread Pirate Roberts” and quickly setting up his online store to sell a tee shirt with Roberts’s face and the word “coward” below above it. Here’s a picture of the shirt, on sale for a mere $30:
Some people have too much money; democracy perverted.
This is not hilarious
Carolyn Dube / Merrimack, NH Patch:10 minutes ago
Roberts, appointed Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Chief by George W. Bush, was the deciding voter in the Supreme Court's decision to uphold ObamaCare. Among many liberals, Roberts immediately became the new face of heroism. Conservatives may see him as a traitor. Thankfully, the internet did us the favor of visualizing Roberts' new place in the universe:posted Jun 30, 2012 2:51pm EDT