So where does that leave Obama?
From here ObamaCare will be appealed to the Supreme Court, where it at first blush looks to be doomed to a 5-4 defeat of its individual mandate.
Without the individual mandate forcing Americans to buy insurance against their will to finance a system where insurers are forced against their will to provide coverage to everyone, the ObamaCare system collapses.
That leaves Obama with two options.
First, repeal the mandatory coverage requirements to save the entire health care system from financial ruin, leaving Obama with virtually no achievements on health care.
Even worse, he forced many Democrats to walk the political plank, handing control of the House and a larger Senate caucus for a bill that ended up overturned by a federal judge and repealed by Congress.
In other words, he destroyed the Democrat Party and got nothing in return.
The other option -- force a vote on single-payer.
Congress won't approve it, and even worse for him he'll force Democrats to take a vote they'll pay for later.
In other words, he destroys the Democrat Party even further, and gets nothing in return.
Perhaps now he's realizing why Democrats simply talked about socializing the health care system to whip up their base, instead of actually plunging their hands into that tar baby of socialist failure.