Friday, June 29, 2012


         The Supreme Court’s decision yesterday to uphold the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act was a huge win for America, and especially for the 33,000,000 Americans who until now have not been able to afford health care insurance.
The benefits of the program have not yet taken effect for many Americans, as the program was to be phased in over a period of four years. That’s why some Americans, who stand to benefit from the new law, in opinion polls have illogically expressed opposition to it, reflecting the negative influence of the Republican opposition.
Upon hearing the Court’s decision, Mr. Romney vowed to repeal the law on his first day in office. That’s another good reason for defeating him in November! Speaker Boehner doesn’t intend for the House to wait that long. He wants to repeal it immediately!
The President needs to keep doing what he did yesterday, which was to spell out for the American people the benefits of the law, when they will take effect, how much it will cost, and how much it will eventually lower the cost of health care in America.
Chief Justice John Roberts
He also needs to explain why the implementation of the bill was stretched out over a four-year period. It was a compromise to try to win some Republican support for the legislation. In retrospect the Democrats probably regret they did that, because it didn’t win them any Republican votes.  On the contrary, the Republicans have been taking advantage of the delay to try to stir up opposition to the law before people start benefitting from it. Wake up, America!
The Court’s decision once again reflected its partisan divide, with one notable exception this time. The deciding vote was cast not by Justice Kennedy, the so-called swing vote on the Court, but by Chief Justice Roberts, a staunch conservative! It was a surprise if not a shock to almost everybody.  Obamacare supporters are  overjoyed, its opponents are irate.
For me it was even more than a cause for celebration. It helped to restore my faith in the Supreme Court.  Thank you, Justice Roberts, for putting principle above politics!

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