Thursday, July 12, 2012


Since Chief Justice made the momentous ruling on the Affordable Health Care Act, journalist from all facets of the political spectrum have written their interpretation of what it means for future social legislation. Some consider that the C.J. Roberts has given a warning to President Obama’s Administration that even though this ruling was favorable, that the ruling did not concern the merits of the act but whether the act itself was constitutional. The Chief Justice in his statement said, that it was not the Supreme Court’s job to protect the people from the consequences of their political choices, in essence saying that he was not in favor of the law itself, but as far as its legality it was constitutional.
Some political pundits have ascribed a Machiavellian motive to the Chief Justice’s action, arguing that if he had voted with Kennedy and the arch conservatives, Scalia, Alito and Thomas in holding the entire act unconstitutional, this would have galvanized President Obama’s base into uniting to reelecting him to a second term. However by reaching out and finding that the individual mandate was a tax, and joining with the four other justices in upholding the act and mandate constitutional, he has given the far right the issue of the President passing a tax upon the middle class, while at the same time weakening the Commerce Clause which as a result of the finding, has lost some value for future legislation.

There were many headlines declaring this a victory for President Obama, but as Paul Krugman stated in an Op-Ed in the New York Times on Friday June 28, 2012, the real winners are ordinary Americans, people like you. Every American who would have found health insurance unaffordable but will now receive financial help and every American with a preexisting condition who would have been flatly denied coverage in many states now has insurance coverage. The winners from the Supreme Court decision are your friend s, your relatives, the people you work with, and very likely you. For almost all of us stand to benefit from making America a kinder and more decent society.
The campaign against health care reform is now in full swing with millions of dollars being set aside for ad campaigns denouncing the value of the health care bill with mispresentations and outright lies. Who can forget the rumors that the act had death panels?  The cost of the legislation will be exaggerated and while Republican Congressmen would not hesitate to increase defense spending by 50% and add a standing military of 100,000 as Mitt said he wanted to do, at an estimated cost of two trillion dollars over the next ten years, they question the cost of keeping American healthy.

Within hours of the Supreme Court’s upholding the constitutionality of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act, a bill that historians will compare to FDR’s Social Security and LBJ’s Medicare, Mitt Romney and Congressional  Republicans pledged to intensify their efforts to repeal it. While members of congress rushed to portray it as a tax upon the middle class, Mitt Romney was unable to make this argument because as governor of Massachusetts he signed a similar health bill with an identical individual mandate which he labeled a penalty and not a tax.
As of July 11, 2012, the House Republicans have tried for the 32nd time to repeal the affordable Health Care act, which they know is a futile act since even if they were successful in the house which they weren’t, they would not be able to get it passed in the senate. Instead of wasting taxpayer money and time on frivolous actions, house Republicans should start working on the Jobs Bill that was sent to them last September. This Jobs Bill can immediately put state and local government workers back to work, along with construction workers who can start working on building and repairing public infrastructure. Are the Republican House members intentionally withholding support for the jobs bill during this election year in order to keep the economy weak and fragile? No they wouldn’t do that, would they?


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