ObamaCare to face the Supreme Court
It’s not surprising that most Americans have mixed feelings about President Obama’s health care law. Most Americans are keen on the fact that they will be able to access medical insurance, even if they sustain a devastating accident or a serious illness. However, two-thirds of the American population is skeptical of the requirement that most Americans must buy coverage. The problem is that these two conditions are inseparable.
Guaranteeing affordable health insurance to everyone is nearly impossible without inducing younger, healthier people to get covererage and offset the cost of insuring older, sicker ones. That means that if the Supreme Court strikes down the much-maligned insurance mandate as unconstitutional, it might also toss out the promise that all Americans can get health coverage, even if they have preexisting medical conditions.
Public opinion, the nation’s volatile political climate, the court’s self-consciousness about its own partisan divide, and the pivotal role it plays in deciding the nation’s most debated issue. Experts say these all go into the mix as the high court consider the extraordinary steps in striking down – for the first time since the New Deal – a monumental domestic program proposed by the president and passed by Congress.
The three days of argument are to begin on Monday, with the results being released in the summer heat of the presidential campaign.
According to the Toledo Blade, “ Monday’s 90-minute argument is about whether court action is premature because no one yet has paid a fine for not having health insurance. Tuesday’s two-hour argument will cover the central issue of whether Congress overstepped its authority by requiring Americans to purchase health insurance starting in 2014 or pay a penalty. Wednesday’s arguments will be split into two parts: Justices will hear 90 minutes of debate in the morning over whether the rest of the law can take effect even if the health insurance mandate is unconstitutional and another hour Wednesday afternoon over whether the law goes too far in coercing states to expand the federal-state Medicaid program for low-income people by threatening to cut off federal aid to states that don’t comply.”