If you pay attention at all to the news you know last Thursday that the Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act. If you don’t, and if you read the previous sentence, you’re now up to date. Congratulations. Anyhoo, it was somewhat of a shock to people. Almost everyone. Am I going to say I knew it all along? Yes. I foresaw this whole thing coming as soon as it passed. I said, “The Supreme Court is going to uphold this lousy law.” If you remember the process with the bill 3 years ago, you know it was pretty undemocratic and a wee bit corrupt. People adding in all sorts of favors and stuff for more votes and process gimmicks so they didn’t need 60 votes to pass it. Most of the country didn’t really like the bill (if you put any weight in polls that is, grain of salt and such), not there wasn’t popular things in the bill. The main parts of the bill looks a lot like Romneycare in Massachusetts. But there’s all sorts of “Christmas tree” stuff that makes it an unwieldy read.
Do I think the law is good policy? No. Do I think the decision was a smart one? I’m not so sure. It really depends on future decisions. By this I mean 5-10 years from now and beyond. It’s going to be interesting to say the least.
The biggest thing is to not just get your news about it from your usual source. It’s the 21st century, it’s about time that if you’re interested in what your news source says about it, it behooves you to read the majority decision yourself. At the very least skim it. There is a bunch of legal blah de blah blah to it, and can get the general idea of his argument pretty well. The worst thing is to think that this shit is above your head. It’s public for a reason. Read it.