OK, Fine: Declare 'Obamacare' Unconstitutional

A liberal's answer to the upcoming change that will come when the court declares the Affordable Care Act to be unconstitutional.

Recently, I was in a discussion about the prospect of a second term for our president, Barack Obama. My right wing friend was crowing about the soon-to-be-decided outcome of the Affordable Care Act and its constitutional question. I don't know how this will turn out, but I am encouraged about our president's chances for re-election.

Well, Obama has great poll numbers. The GOP has managed to destroy any base they may have had with women, Hispanics or youth. And, then there is the Affordable Care Act. There are many people already benefiting from this act. If, the Supreme Court does declare it as unconstitutional I am of a mind to say OK.

All the fallout from such a political bomb will fall on the GOP shoulders. There will be so much heart-breaking change for so many people who can't afford medical insurance coverage, can't be approved for coverage if they can afford it and can't change jobs because of the need to keep the coverage they need. Will the voters like it when big med and big pharm see record stock price increases?

You see, they will no longer have to control how they manage their margins so that 80 percent goes to care of premium payers. It will be the "good old days" again for all the medical industry special interest groups. So while coverage will be denied to those that want to buy coverage the medical insurance companies will make billions in the "so called" free market.

"Obamacare" was already working to provide coverage for those that were being denied coverage. Why do people without coverage go to the emergency room for help ? The cost to all of us is very high when they get treated in the ER. And, the care they get in the emergency room is not what it should be because most of these medical problems could have been more efficiently managed with preventable care that comes from having a medical plan.

The "Obamacare" Affordable Care Act would take care of this problem. Well then, if the Supreme Court in the land declares a law to be unconstitutional then the law was wrong, right? Maybe in civics class, but in the real-world politics of Washington, D.C., I am thinking that there is a pretty clear 5-to-4 party line voting history in the current court.

Which brings it all back to re-reelecting Obama in November and changing the court more in this liberal's favor.

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Jane Patla Tanner April 06, 2012 at 04:31 PM
From the World Health Organization's report entitled "World Health Statistics 2009": The United States spends the most money in the world on its health care system, as a percentage of GDP, and ranks 37th in overall performance. Healthcare reform is a step in the right direction - I'm hopeful we are on our way to a universal, single payer system. May everyone live healthy, be healthy, and enjoy a long healthy life. :-)
Karsten Torch April 06, 2012 at 07:07 PM
Only problem with the WHOs report is that it grades based on what it calls humanitarian criteria, like access to free care and such. For the truly important numbers (to me, at any rate) like survivability rates for cancer and such, and length of wait for doctors, especially specialists, the US comes out best. We have the technology and the innovation that comes from having a free market system - or at least as free and we can still be with the current level of government involvement. I'd personally rather pay a bit and live, thank you....
John Wagner April 07, 2012 at 12:51 PM
The US probably spends the most as it uses the system more for all the reasons we know (entitlements...money doesnt come out of one's pocket, lawsuits resulting in more tests than what are needed, need for improved general heath, etc) . Insurance doesn't solve that. Having personal international experience, single payer can produce either capitation (reduced supply) and/or massive budget deficits. I do think "cost" is the better discussion to debate and how best to accomplish. In my view, innovations in how care is implemented, tort reform, and other new private marketplace innovations that foster competition will help drive down cost. Supported by consumer directed health plans like HSA's etc. along with a safety net for truly needy and those with severe medical problems can provide the answer. In substance, ACA is not going in this direction.
Mike NIfong April 09, 2012 at 09:47 PM
If I were as ignorant as the author of the screed, I wouldn't broadcast it to the world. Simply pathetic.
Rick Smith June 26, 2012 at 02:19 PM
Anne - you hit it on the head! Do we go to our employer or government for homeowners insurance, or auto insurance? Of course not. As for David's comment below that most people wouldn't do it - that's OK David. Your choice! But you get to live with the consequences of that decision. Maybe you'll come out ahead, maybe not. But we should all be responsible for our own health care.


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