As the Supreme Court enters the second day of reviewing Obama's health care reform that was signed into law exactly two years back, demonstrators gathered outside are in concensus that healthcare in America costs way too much.
Today, as the two hour session gets into progress, before deciding on the fate of the so-called Obamacare that was meant to provide better access to medical care while entending health insurance to some 30 million Americans, the Supreme Court will take a look at how the nine justices view of the present health reforms, that is still acting as a divide between the Republicans and the Democrats. A ruling in favor or against the healthcare reforms will play a pivotal role in the presidential elections in November this year.
The central issue surrounding Affordable Care Act is that by the year 2014, either most of the people will have to buy health insurance or will be liable to pay a tax penalty, in either case, they are worse of since the affordable care is not as affordable as initially promised. Moreover, the 26 states along with a small business state group challenging the law, argue that this health care plan is increasingly interferring with the lives of Americans by exceeding its authority to regulate the mandate.
In more general terms, those opposing the law say that if the governmet succeeds in forcing people into the buying health insurance, it would start gaining enough momentum to force people into other behaviours such as buying American made cars, which stocks to invest in, and for that matter which channels to watch and which cereal to take in breakfast on a particular day of the week.
On the other hand, Obama administration is of the opinion that since almost everyone is in need of health care at some point in their lives, choosing not to buy it will place unnecessary burden on an economy that is already facing its worst financial crisis ever.
On Monday, the two hour argument revolved around whether the chllenge by the 26 states is a premature one since the insurance requiremnt will not be enforced until 2014, and those who continue to opt for remaining uninsured wont have to pay penalties till early 2015.
The nine justices reviewing the matter are split in four liberals to five conservatives. The liberal appointed justices include, Justices, , and Elena Kagan. The conservative justices, who are also in majority, are Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices , , and Samuel Alito. Most likely the libereras will be in favor of keeping the law intact and would need only one more conservative to win the case.
The final decison is expected to come by the end of June, while the audio recorrdings of the argument will be released the same day they take place.