According to American Action Forum a Right Wing Organization and Center Forward, a Centrist group the Health care reform law- Affordable Care Act- pejoratively known as Obama Care is set to be overturned by the very Right US Supreme Court.
Opinions were gathered from former Court Clerks on both sides of the ideological aisle. Eleven clerked for traditionally liberal Justices Stephen Breyer, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor, 18 clerked for justices on the right, Samuel Alito, John Roberts, Antonin Scalia, and Clarence Thomas and nine worked for Anthony Kennedy. It is the firm opinion of these clerks and 18 attorneys who have fought this case before the Supreme Court that the law is set to be overturned.
As grim as this may sound for the political gains made by the Obama Administration, there may be a silver lining for those of us who were betrayed when Universal Health Care was surreptitiously traded for the individual mandate.
If the very Right Supreme Court overturns the individual mandate, there may be a chance at a redo but hardly within the next four years of an Obama Administration. So States that depend on Federal subsidies would begin to lose funding to Medicaid which would then impact the availability health care services to the people who comprise the bulk of Americans who are currently uncovered – the poor, the working poor, the crumbling middle class and children.
The lobbyist-driven health Insurance Companies would then begin their bottom feeding and pretend to offer fair and competitive prices on Medicare and Employee plans which would help to alleviate the possible numbers that could show up at emergency rooms and ultimately defray costs to States.
This, in turn, will then take States back to the pre – Affordable Care Act days – when some forty million Americans were without health care coverage and as result had devastating impact on our economy.
So, what we could conclude from retracing the steps of the genesis of the Affordable Care Act law is that it is decidedly better, both morally and economically, for affordable health care to be available for all Americans. Hence, having the law overturned, though very possible because of the political pre-disposition of those who are charged with determining its constitutionality, will only be a bad thing in the sense that it will become a short term encumbrance but legislators will soon have to concede that providing health coverage at the State and Federal levels will be the only way to stem the financial bleeding from a lack of coverage at all.
This will then affirm that the Affordable Care Act is good for our economy and that any Republican alternative- judging from what has been proposed to date – will deny most of the forty million uninsured any kind of affordable health coverage and thus, return us to the financial dark ages.
The existence of the Affordable Care Act is, in itself, insurance that we can only get a better plan. So, in the event of it being overturned, there is a greater chance of President Obama taking a bolder step forward to make good on the Universal Health Care Plan that he had campaigned upon.