Even though I continue to be neutral on Obamacare I am pleased, very pleased, that the Supreme Court has made a second ruling in its favor.
In my mind the opposition is just afraid that it is working or will work and they are doing anything to stop it.
The court says that although some of the wording in the law, officially the Affordable Care Act, is sloppy, it was clear that the intent of the law was to provide all with healthcare or make it possible for all to have it.
Had the opponents had their way, federal subsidies in states that had not set up their own health exchanges but let the federal government do it would have been eliminated. The result would be counter to the intent of the law.
Now some opine that had the opponents had their way — and most of the opponents are Republicans — it would have had a negative impact politically with millions losing health care coverage. So some might think it would have almost been better, in a political sense anyway, for Obama to have lost this one. So Republicans really ought to breathe a sigh of relief.
But I am pleased that the act has been preserved.
I realize that so-called conservatives will always fight anything that smacks of socialism (and this is really not socialism in that it still depends upon the private market), but they need to get over this one.
What we really needed to do in my mind was expand Medicare and Medicaid (although I cannot really say that would have not been without pitfalls).
Healthcare is vitally important to our society in order to keep it productive and to alleviate human suffering. Why are people against that? They are against the cost. But there is no free lunch either way. The old system clogged emergency rooms where people could get help when they could not afford a private doctor. And under the old system we have had a large portion of the society in poor health and not productive (this is still so, but hopefully it will change over time).
I will say that I have not seen evidence that Obamacare has done anything to cut down on costs — quite the opposite.
But getting everyone covered is the most important thing to me. I think there will be cost savings in that over the long run.
I don’t think fighting Obamacare is a good issue for the Republicans.