Obama care has survived the Supreme Court challenge. Or at least it has survived this particular challenge. There's more to come. And winning may not turn out to have been the best outcome for the Obama administration. The law is so unpopular in the US it may serve to unite opposition against the incumbent in the November elections. The hope being that his opponent would repeal the legislation if he won.
In the meantime, there's not a lot of need for me to comment further on the Supreme Court decision. I'm sure you probably heard enough on the radio or television already; and no doubt your newspaper covered it. If you are interested in a selection of reactions from some Catholic commentators (remember, the health mandate as it stands would force Catholic institutions to pay for some things that are against Church teaching) here is a good link to a page that has quite a few (and more here).
I will say this, though. The Supreme Court upheld the law on the grounds that the Federal Gov has the right to levy taxes. Did I hear you say 'huh? I thought this was about health care? What have taxes got to do with it?' Exactly. The law requires one to buy health insurance. Failure to do so results in a penalty. The gov are calling the penalty a tax rather than a fine. Okey-dokey, says the Supreme Court. Sounds good to us.
What it sounds is a bit perverse. It almost sounds the US gov can do what it likes to its citizens from now on, as long as they work some kind of tax implication into it. (Actually, that gives me an idea for tomorrow's cartoon ...)
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