The biggest political story of the week just ended occurred Thursday morning when the Supreme Court announced its decision in California v Texas and Texas v California (yes, I find that confusing too) which for the third time upheld Obamacare; this time by a surprising 7-2 vote.
I vividly remember the first time Obamacare was upheld in 2012; I was working for then-President Obama at the time. Yes, we have been arguing about this for almost a decade and that doesn’t count the pre-Supreme Court battles. The Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, today insures over 31 million Americans or about ten percent of the population. The Republicans first tried to prevent it from happening and ever since have been trying to kill it. It is reality, not hyperbole, when I write that voting for a Republican may well be hazardous to your health. Even if you are not among the ten percent, we all still breath the same air.
In 2012 the vote was 5-4 with Chief Justice John Roberts changing his initial vote to save the program. Last week the vote was 7-2 with only Samuel Alito and Neil Gorsuch dissenting. Apparently even Clarence Thomas has seen the light. Just how irresponsible would it have been to take health care away from ten percent of the population as we are still battling (albeit for the moment winning that battle domestically) a pandemic? While it may not violate a statute; morally it would have been criminal.
With the poison of money in American politics I fear this battle is far from over. Too many people can line their pockets by raising funds on both sides of the issue.
When President Obama signed the bill into law then-Vice President, Joe Biden, was famously caught on an open microphone telling him it was a “Big (adjective deleted) Deal”. The only time I met Biden was in 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina. As he entered the room all rose and a chant of “BFD, BFD….” erupted. Biden did his best Aw Shucks and we proceeded. Today the Act lives and it’s still a very BFD!
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