Imagine waking up to find a miracle had occurred while you slept! In this case, the Supreme Court had upheld the majority of our new Health Care Reform.
The vote was 5 to 4 that the bill was Constitutional, with the surprise "Yes" vote coming from Chief Justice Roberts, who sided with the Liberal Justices in his "Majority Opinion" paper.
Of course, the more I thought about it - the more I realized that Cheif Justice Roberts (the only conservative to side on the side of the "Yes" voters) was actually being rather cagey!
Because most of the important changes won't occur until 2014 and 2016, respectively, and I'm betting the Conservative Court members, Roberts included, don't believe President Barack Obama will have his 2nd term, thus he won't BE President in 2014. Which means Romney will be - and the conservative majority know he'll dump "ObamaCare" (he claims he has another plan - but when asked about any issue - that's his "line"). So, in my estimation, it was a win-win for the Court and Roberts because now the conservative members can sit back in their black robes while looking smug and as if they care about Americans health and reforming our health care system - while in reality, they believe their ruling will be moot come November.
Obviously I hope they're wrong, Obama wins in November and the conservative judges end up with egg on five of their faces. *BG* OTOH, I'd love to believe they simply understood the truth of the Reform and its ultimate benefits, including the Mandatory insurance part of the law (which many conservatives felt that if the Court upheld any parts of the bill, it wouldn't be that one!). But I'm guessing (read: hoping) they get the comparison here between Mandatory Health Insurance and Mandatory Automobile Insurance - namely that the many shouldn't have to pay more because of the few who refuse to get Auto Insurance!
One thing I learned in business, as a Manager who handled the Insurance benefit for my employess, I understood a major mistake our company was making. You see, because buying medical insurance was a 'choice' for our employees after 120 days of employment, only the families who knew they'd need it, signed up for it. And that meant the cost to the company for that insurance was HIGH because even though a low % of employess had insurance - they USED it, thus costing the company at the end of each year when the Insurance Carrier would raise premiums (due to excessive use). If, after 120 days, our employees were automatically signed up (after making a choice of plans), then, of our entire employee base, 80% would have barely used it, thus offsetting the 20% who had to use it, often in excess. So at the end of the year, the company's insurance costs (they picked up 2/3rds of the employees costs) would have to rise and they wouldn't have to shop for cheaper insurance each year! That's why the Mandatory part of the bill is so important - and why Americans finally realized why Mandatory Auto Insurance became so critical.
A quick look at our current Supreme Court members:
1. Pink indicates females (and it's not surprising that the two were nominated by Democratic Presidents)
2. Red obviously represents Conservatives (nominated by Republican Presidents) and,
3. Blue obviously represents the Liberals - or at least 'centrists' (nominated by Democratic Presidents)
Note: The current court is the only Supreme Court in history to have 3 females serving at the same time - but of course, there have only four in its entire history).
1. Chief Justice Roberts - nominated by Republican President Bush
(voted a surprising YES)
2. Associate Justice Kennedy - nominated by Republican President Reagan
3. Associate Justice Thomas (2nd Black to ever serve) - nominated by Republican President Bush
4. Associate Justice Ginsberg - nominated by Democratic President Clinton
5. Associate Justice Breyer - nominated by Democratic President Clinton
6. Associate Justice Alito - nominated by Republican President Bush
7. Associate Justice Scalia - nominated by Republican President Reagan
8. Associate Justice Sotomayor - nominated by Democratic President Obama
9. Associate Justice Kagan - nominated by Democratic President Obama
BTW: There's an interesting Article regarding Roberts' "Majority Opinion" paper, with some rather incredible and edifying reasons for the 5-4 vote, which you can read here.
As for me, I was utterly flabbergasted by the results - in fact. I'm typing this from the floor because that's where my jaw dropped. But it'll be a blast tonight watching The Daily Show as Jon Stewart will undoubtedly illustrate just how sleazy Fox News is as they somehow turn this loss into a victory for Romney. *BG*
Tags: politics; health reform