In a major victory for President Obama, maybe even bigger than the assassination of Osama Bin Laden, the Supreme Court upheld Obama’s healthcare law. I haven’t read through the actual text yet, but the synopses are saying that they deemed the individual mandate to be a tax, and the government has a right to levy taxes. Chief Justice Roberts sided with the majority.
As I said, I haven’t read through it yet. The Times article quotes Roberts:
Chief Justice Roberts wrote that the decision offers no endorsement of the law’s wisdom, and that letting it survive reflects “a general reticence to invalidate the acts of the Nation’s elected leaders.”
“It is not our job to protect the people from the consequences of their political choices,” he wrote.
Though I can’t yet comment on the law, I do think this is good for the American people. I’ve been in an emergency room before, and those who have no insurance get treated anyway. (When I was there, some drunk dude with a stab wound was singing while the doctors asked if he had insurance.) The insurance companies wind up paying anyway, meaning that they pass the cost on to people who have insurance. This law will bring more flexibility to those with pre-existing conditions, and it will encourage uninsured people to pay for their own coverage.