On Second Thought: The Supreme Court
The Line is drawn, but it has ripples....
The Signature Issue: Obamacare
"The law Congress didn't write."
"The tax that isn't a tax."
"Government mandates they can't impose on the States."
If all that sounds confusing, just be glad you and I didn't have to reach and write the Supreme Court's support and opposition to what has been called "Obamacare"!
How will it affect Election 2012?
Two things are sure: (1) the Democrats and President Obama will point to the court's decision as validating the concept that the present law makes affordable health care available to all Americans; (2) the Republicans, as they will now do in the House of Representatives, will move to repeal the law with the argument that it is bad law, would add to the National Debt, and leads to socialism and socialism's inevitable reduction in individual liberties.
There is a problem which neither side seems to acknowledge: if 30,000,000 more Americans will have some form of health insurance, who until today might not have had, what will happen to the existing strains on America's system of providing quality, modern health care?
Doctors and nurses are not educated and trained overnight. Rural health care already has strains when it comes to providing the same level of medical care that is expected of metropolitan health care providers. How do those newly insured get the promised health care from a system which seems already unevenly distributed, even weak?
And, what can the new health program do to meet the health needs of illegal aliens who will not have the expanded coverage...or, in fact, any coverage at all?
The motives of Obamacare are commendable. The means may be a bigger hurdle than the Supreme Court faced in reaching its ruling on "the law Congress didn't pass" and "the tax that isn't a tax."
The Supreme Court's ruling also said that the federal government cannot use a withholding of Medicaid funds from the 26 State governments which are reluctant to implement the law, as a way of forcing them to comply. That ruling could someday apply to other federal attempts at withholding funds, such as highway funds, education funds, etc., which had been used in the past by the federal government to get states to implement federal programs!
Now it will be up to President Obama and Mitt Romney to explain their own views on executing the law (or repealing it) during a time when the national economy is oh so slowly recovering, with some folks too poor to know what or how they might pay for their part of the required new program.
The 5 to 4 opinions of the Supreme Court justices show the nine justice's clear divisions. The coming presidential debates will examine those clear divisions...and we can only hope make things clearer for the rest of us.
Copyright 2012 Demas W. Jasper All rights reserved.
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