Supreme Court Upholds Obamacare
As predicted by Constitutional scholars, the Supreme Court today upheld Congress’ right to levy taxes and fees. By their upholding of the Affordable Care Act, affectionately referred to as ‘Obamacare,’ the Justices avoided triggering the Constitutional crisis which has been brewing ever since the Citizens United decision two years ago. In a surprising move, Chief Justice Roberts split from the conservative side of the court to take his place with the centrist and liberal members in upholding the law.
The Supreme Court did make a minor provision adjustment in the Medicaid section of the law, restricting the manner in which the federal government can cut off funds to the states. Otherwise the entire law came through intact.
This move by Chief Justice Roberts reveals a polar shift in the court, and perhaps that Roberts is concerned about his legacy. Already, the Roberts court has been judged as the most political Supreme Court in US history by Constitutional scholars and historians. With this decision today, Roberts begins to undo the damage done with the Citizens United decision to his legacy.
By upholding the law, millions of Americans can retain the healthcare that they already have without concern. By retaining the Individual Mandate, the financial stability of the health insurance industry is assured for now, and into the future. Through this decision, America finally leaves behind its last-place standing in the industrialized world, as the only country without universal coverage. Is it perfect? No system is ever perfect, but this system, this Obamacare, is a uniquely American solution.
This is a victory not for Obama, but for the American people.
More information shall be posted as soon as the final decision is posted online.
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