Supreme Court Health-care Decision Looms For Better or Worse
It was shortly after the passage of the Health-care bill that dissent of States started to grow and I recall so perfectly how an old acquaintance of mine, Lawrence O’Donnell appeared on his 8 P.M. show. Lawrence tackled the story head on and proclaimed, based on his years of work for the US Government, that there was no way that any court would ever overturn the Health-care Bill. Lawrence was so certain of what he was saying that even I believed his words. Lawrence stated that the reason no court would overturn the new law was based on tax codes, which Lawrence is well versed in.
Supreme Court Decides About Health-care, History Will Be Made
Many television analysts are already saying that the Supreme Court is going to rule against the Health Care mandate which is the heart of the “Obama Care” law. I hesitate to guess what the Supreme Court may or may not do in regards to the individual mandates that the Health Care law will put into effect in 2014. The Justices certainly are aware of just what can happen whichever way they vote. These folks don’t live in a bubble, well they kind of do but not to the extreme degree, so they know that if they rule against President Obama’s crown jewel domestic policy accomplishment and thoughts of putting the country into a world of hurt looms on their minds.
The Justices also realize that should they uphold the individual mandate and give it the Supreme Court seal of approval, they will be upsetting the base of the Republican party. They realize that the Tea Party could become a bigger animal than it already is and that there could be severe political ramifications for the GOP (as we know it).
If The Supreme Court Rules Against Affordable Care Act
Should the Supreme Court rule against the individual mandate in the “Obama Care” law they will be setting off a chain reaction that is in itself completely unpredictable.
First, people with preexisting conditions who have been able to get health insurance thanks to the Obama-Care law could easily be left out in the cold without any type of insurance whatsoever.
Second, young people who are now once again covered by their parents insurance will likely find themselves shopping for health insurance once again and this time the prices will be considerably higher than they were prior to everything.
There are far too many horrors that will meet the average American for me to list. I wouldn’t even dare try as this article would end up being around 2000 pages itself. The ramifications of a ruling against the individual mandate is going to put Americans in a world of hurt for many years to come. Chaos will certainly ensue as people scramble to attempt to regain some sort of health insurance only to find that they either can’t afford it or it isn’t available to them due to preexisting conditions.
Third, Republicans may think that striking down the law would free up the money that congress has already allocated for the program. Fact of the matter is that just because the law gets struck down, the money that was allocated for the fallen law will be in limbo until the House of Representatives is able to reallocate that money through voting.
I am certain that everyone remembers the nightmare that was the last two budget battles that took place in Congress. You know the battles I’m speaking of; the ones that essentially ended up costing the United States it’s AAA credit rating. We still haven’t regained that rating in spite of the growth seen in the economy and stock exchange.
Should the Supreme Court rule against Obama-care, they will be creating a new perfect storm for a brand new, election time, battle royal between the Republicans and Democrats which will be uglier than any of the budget battles we’ve seen in the last 14 months.
This budget battle could get so ugly that it could well halt the growth of the economy and actually force it back several steps. A stalled economy with record setting high gas prices could spell a third recession in a row that could cripple the nation for years to come. It likely would cause employers to start cutting back on their workforce and unemployment filings would skyrocket again.
What Is The Best Scenario If I Hate The Obama-Care Law
Certainly, having a partisan based ruling from the Supreme Court is NOT the answer.
If you truly hate this law then the best thing for you to do is to think of this law as a framework for health insurance for those who want/need it. The good thing about having a framework is that you can change the structure that the framework supports at a later date. Let the law go into effect and lets get through this election season. It’s entirely feasible that by next year there could be a Republican in the White House and a Republican majority in both the House of Representatives and the Senate. It is at this point that Republicans could use the framework that is now in place and simply change the type of structure that the framework currently supports.
This is a situation where an intelligent light touch is needed and a ruling against Obama-care is hardly a gentle touch, let us not cut of our noses to spite our face. At this point Republicans and Democrats should cross their fingers in hope that the Supreme Court upholds the Obama-care ( Affordable Care Act ) law because anything else is going to hurt the nation deeply on many levels.
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