Talk radio host Michael Savage told his listeners today that the use of mind-altering drugs to treat seizures could explain why Bush-appointed Chief Justice John Roberts upheld Obamacare today along with four liberal colleagues.
Roberts shocked most analysts by siding with Justices Stephen Breyer, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor in a 5-4 decision upholding the lynchpin provision of the president’s signature legislation, the so-called individual mandate in the Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act.
Savage told his “Savage Nation” listeners that on the way to the studio for his program tonight he visited a world famous neurologist he knows, and they talked about Obamacare.
The physician urged Savage to check out Roberts’ history with epilepsy, referring him to a New York Times report in August 2007. The article said that after Roberts suffered a seizure, doctors were weighing whether to treat him with powerful drugs with “troubling side effects,” including mental slowing and forgetfulness.
Roberts had suffered a seizure 14 years earlier. The seizures meet the criteria for epilepsy, the Times report said, because they were “unprovoked,” meaning that they were not caused by a head injury, a drug reaction or another known factor.
The neurologist told Savage that Roberts’ cognition could be affected by taking epilepsy medicine.
“I’m going to tell you something that you’re not going to hear anywhere else, that you must pay attention to,” Savage said.
“It’s well known that Roberts, unfortunately for him, has suffered from epileptic seizures. Therefore he has been on medication.”
Savage said that “if you look at Roberts’ writings you can see the cognitive disassociation in what he is saying.”
“Roberts has no logic in what he said,” Savage asserted.
“He said the law is a tax, but if the law wasn’t written as a tax, how can he say it’s taxation?”
Savage was referring to the fact that the Obama administration had argued that the law’s mandate for individuals to buy health insurance was based on the power given to Congress under the Commerce Clause to regulate interstate trade. The administration, including President Obama himself, had vehemently argued that the mandate was not a tax.
Savage noted that while most pundits had believed the Supreme Court would strike down the mandate, Savage predicted on his show Tuesday that Roberts would uphold Obamacare. He based his prediction on the fact that Roberts read the majority opinion in the Arizona immigration law case, which backed the Obama administration in striking down most of the law.
Savage opened his show today declaring that “a tipping point has been reached” in the “dawning of red America.”
“We are now becoming Venezuela and on the way to becoming Castro’s Cuba,” he said.
Many conservatives, he said, have been “misled into believe that if only you elect a Republican, things will change.”
“Let me remind you, Roberts is the spawn of George W. Bush,” Savage said. “Roberts is a compromised Supreme Court justice.”
He predicted Obamacare will bankrupt America.
“Who is going to pay for the fraud, waste and corruption called Obamacare?” he asked.
Savage argued that the same people who are failing to control Medicare and Medicaid are in charge of trying to control Obamacare.
“America is over as you know it,” he said.
A plan to get rid of Obamacare
Citing his book “Trickle Up Poverty,” Savage contended Obamacare could have been overturned by citing the Schechter brothers U.S. Supreme Court case decided during the Franklin Roosevelt administration in 1935.
Under FDR’s socialist-style “New Deal” regulations, customers could buy a whole or half coop of chickens but could not select particular birds. The policy conflicted with the religious beliefs and practices of the Jewish Schechter brothers. Under kosher laws, unhealthy animals must be removed from the stock.
A lower court found the four brothers guilty of allowing their customers to buy individual chickens, and they served jail time.
Ultimately, however, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of the brothers, holding that FDR’s regulations exceeded congressional power under the Commerce Clause.
Justice Louis Brandeis remarked at the time: “This is the end of this business of centralization, and I want you to go back and tell the president that we’re not going to let this government centralize everything.”
Savage said the “same message should be sent to Obama.”
Savage reasoned that the Schechters’ lawyers could have taken another tack and won on the ground that their religious freedom was being violated. Under Obamacare, he noted, there were exemptions for various religious groups, such as the Amish and Christian Scientists.
So he urges other religious groups to find their own grounds for exemption until there are so many exempted from the system, it won’t be able to sustain itself.