Thursday, June 28, 2012
Confusion: My Reaction to Supreme Court Ruling
Confusion hath made his masterpiece!
Shakespeare (1564-1616), MacBeth
June 28, 11AM - My first reaction to the Supreme Court decision is confusion. The ruling upholds the individual mandate as a tax, but strikes down the law as a vehicle for expanding Medicaid access in the states.
The ruling is a victory for the Obama administration and a relief for Democrats. It enhances Obama’s chances in November. It is a challenge for Republicans, but it may energize their base into turning out in November to elect a President and Congress to repeal Obamacare.
It’s still too early to foretell what it all means.
Here is what headlines in national newspapers say.
· “Health Law Stands: Roberts Joins Majority Affirming Mandate, Victory for Obama, But Ruling Limits Medicaid Expansion” New York Times
· “Court Upholds Health Mandate as a Tax” JusticedsFind Fault with Medicaid Expansion” Wall Street Journal
· “Court Upholds Obama Health Care Law,” USA Today.
· “Supreme Court Upholds Health-Care Law: Says Mandate is Permissible Under Congress Taxing Authority,” Washington Post
The ruling disappoints and confuses me for two reasons. One, President Obama has said repeatedly the law was not a tax. Two, I thought the intent of the law was to expand access to care in the states via Medicaid expansion.
The stage is now set for a vigorous debate between now and November, with sides takes their shots and offering their spin on Obamacare consequences.
Let the people decide. Maybe they will help clear up the confusion.
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