June 29, 2012
Obamacare Decision as Baseball: the Runner is Safe, so Now What?
My favorite play in baseball is the second base steal. In the play, the base runner watches the pitch, and at just the right moment, he sprints toward second. The catcher snatches the pitch, springs up and rockets the ball to the second baseman who snags it and tries to tag the runner as he slides into the base. As the dust clears, all eyes are on the second base umpire who, in a split second, calls the runner safe or out. When the play is over, the players dust themselves off, and the game goes on.
Some on the field may disagree with the umpire’s call. However, the umpire’s decision is final, and arguing can get you ejected. To stay in the game, great teams simply adjust their strategy based on the umpire’s call.
So it is with the United States Supreme Court’s Obamacare ruling. Although it took much longer than a split second to render a decision after months of dramatic build-up and political rhetoric over this landmark legislation, the nation’s highest court has called the runner safe. Many side with the four dissenting justices, but the fact of the matter is that the other five have declared the law to be constitutional. Therefore, it is, for the time being, the law of the land.
As with our reaction to an umpire’s call on a second base steal, we now have two options. We can argue over whether or not the Court made a bad call, or we can dust ourselves off and adjust our strategy. Because arguing won’t change the outcome, making adjustments is the only productive option.
Sometimes making adjustments means changing the rules. So if you don’t like the rules, the best way to change them is with the ballot box in November.
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Copyright 2012 Swenson Lervick Syverson Trosvig Jacobson Schultz, PA