The U.S. Supreme Court has spoken: The Affordable Care Act is constitutional. The matter is now settled, and we can all move onto more pressing issues, like creating jobs.
Outraged Republicans used Thursday's decision as a rallying (and fundraising) cry, claiming the only way to kill the despised law is to boot President Obama from office, win the Senate and hold on to the House this November.
For his part, Mitt Romney was quick to pledge, "What the court did not do on its last day in session, I will do on my first day if elected president of the United States. And that is, I will act to repeal Obamacare."
Of course, he can't -- not without a Republican-controlled Congress.
And why should the presumptive Republican nominee even want to? After all, one of his greatest achievements as governor of Massachusetts was to reform health care in the Bay State -- complete with a mandate requiring people to buy health insurance.
Romney is simply trying to rally his base, whether he truly agrees with them or not.
It seems to be working, too.
He raised $4.6 million in online donations from more than 47,000 donors immediately following the ruling, according to U.S. News and World Report.
He's not the only Republican trying to turn Thursday's loss into Election Day success.
South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint sent out a fearsome fund-raising e-mail to supporters of his Senate Conservatives Fund after the ruling, according to MSNBC.
"I know many of you are angry about the Supreme Court's decision to uphold Obamacare," he wrote. "I am too. We're now living in a post-constitutional era that is destroying our country ... there is only one solution to our government's unchecked power: win elections."
The site also quoted Georgia Rep. Phil Gingrey: "I want to say to our base in the Republican Party: Get even more active than you've been. Get out and vote and take your friends with you. Because this train is leaving the station and there's not going to be another opportunity."
Missing from all this rhetoric is anything even resembling a plan of their own to deal with health care.
If these Republicans don't believe the system is broken, then they're kidding themselves. Even Americans who aren't fans of "Obamacare" know something has to be done about the skyrocketing costs of health care and insurance, which are eating ever larger portions of their incomes.
So if the GOP's goal is, as DeMint said in a statement, the law's "full repeal, down to the last letter and punctuation mark," what then?
Without a plan of their own, such action would harm millions of Americans who will benefit from many of the Affordable Care Act's provisions, such as allowing children to stay on parents' insurance plans until age 26 or forbidding insurance companies from denying coverage for pre-existing conditions.
The law might not be perfect, but it's better than nothing.
Republicans should be working with Democrats to improve the law, rather than pledging to tear it down -- apparently out of spite.
How about doing something helpful for a change?