A video covering this article can be found at the bottom of this article.
Obamacare was on the chopping block today because of six words: “an exchange established by the state.” The passage says that people in states WITH state-run healthcare exchanges will be eligible for healthcare subsidies, but it also implies that people living in states without a healthcare exchange program would not be eligible for any federal subsidies.
That is the argument that Republicans have been trying to make for months, and, not surprisingly, the states that did not set up healthcare exchange programs were mostly Republican states. Had the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Republican argument, 6.4 million Americans would still be forced to purchase health insurance, under penalty of huge fines, yet have no access to the very thing that supposedly makes Obamacare feasible – federal subsidies.
Unaffordable Healthcare Act, anyone?
Because of a badly-worded paragraph, the entire Obamacare plan would have been dismantled, but the Supreme Court saw through the attempt to overturn Obamacare, and argued the bill was created to “improve health insurance markets, not to destroy them,” according to Chief Justice John Roberts.
The dissenting voice of Antonin Scalia said “We should start calling this law SCOTUScare,” which brought chuckles from the crowd, even from Chief Justice Roberts. The joke was a reference to the fact that Obamacare has been saved by the Supreme Court twice in recent years.
While I don’t like Obamacare, because it mandates that people participate in an over-priced, under-advanced healthcare system, I’m certainly happy with the SCOTUS decision because I would hate for Americans in states without a state-run exchange to be forced to purchase healthcare that is unaffordable. Without the federal subsidies (either through employers or the government), healthcare is mostly unaffordable in the US.
Even with Obamacare, a lot of people can’t afford healthcare in this nation. Sure, they might be able to say they have health insurance and the government can claim they fixed the problem with uninsured Americans, but just because someone has health insurance, doesn’t mean they can actually utilize that insurance. The copays, deductibles, and premiums are prohibitively expensive. How do we fix this problem? We remove profit from the healthcare system altogether.
Nobody should be allowed to profit from the suffering of another human being. If an American has a chronic condition, he/she shouldn’t have to worry about spending his entire paycheck on the next medical procedure. He shouldn’t have to worry about going broke because the copays for his medicine are more than his mortgage. He also shouldn’t have to worry about the bills that continually end up on his doorstep while he wonders whether or not the insurance company will pay for it or not.
This is the most wealthy nation on Earth and we cannot provide basic health insurance for every man, woman, and child, yet other countries, with far less money, are able to do that and then some. It seems this nation has fallen behind in everything when it comes to caring for its people. But we live in a Republic – shouldn’t our elected representatives be pushing for the things that are best for Americans? I guess it’s too much to ask when corporate interests have inundated our democracy with money, which leads me to another story – the recent passage of the TPP.
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