OBamaCare and United States of America on its 236th Independence Day: A commentary
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U.S. Supreme Court’s upheld in its entirety of the Affordable Care Act popularly known to Obama haters as the OBAMACARE was welcomed resoundingly. It was a prudent decision that salvaged the Obama Administration at the lowest point of its life. The milestone legislation as the high court upheld infused new blood of life to the Obama campaign.
It was a victory at the threshold of defeat with a mutable 5-4 votes yet, a victory despite of narrow margin. It was a victory over Obama’s critics and unbelievers that the health care reform Obama initiated is the best for America.
Obamacare as the critics and haters preferred to call it, is a piece of legislation that may be handed down from the present generation to those yet to come as the defining moment of Obama’s legacy.
What is the Affordable Care Act in the context of the high court’s ruling? According to HOLMAN W. JENKINS, JR., it is the following:
1. ObamaCare is a tax program – throwing more tax dollars at an unreformed health-care system.
2. ObamaCare is a huge new entitlement in a nation laboring under commitments it already can't afford.
3. It saves Americans’ constitutional brickbats – the mandate’s survival could actually be a convenience to those who remain seriously interested in fixing health care.
How do Republicans view the upheld of the ObamaCare? Jenkin said, GOPers including Romney immediately adopted “repeal” as their theme song. However, the repeal of ACA would just leave Americans with the health-care system they have, which is already ObamaCare in many respects – “an unsustainable set of subsidies bankrupting the American nation.”
According to Jenkin, the solution is viewed just a “pinch on the cheek.” Republicans are eyeing for a national health-insurance charter that allows insurers to design their own policies and market them across state lines. Also, they are bound to institute a tax reform to equalize the tax treatment of health care whether purchased by individuals or by employers on behalf of individuals.
Modification of the Affordable Care Act makes purchase of any health policy authorized by the new charter, no matter how minimalist, satisfies the employer and individual mandate.
The resultant environment will be “boom in low-cost, high-deductible plans that leave individuals in charge of managing most of their o who would opt not to buy coverage will buy coverage. Because it will be cheap, companies will direct their low-wage and entry-level employees to this coverage,” Jenkin explained further.
Workers will be covered for serious illness, getting the rest of us (Americans) off the hook. As the workers grow older, wealthier and start families will select more extensive but still rationally limited coverage.
Whereas, the colossal subsidies ObamaCare would dish out to help the middle class afford ObamaCare’s gold-plated mandatory coverage would be unneeded.
The insured to shoulder a bigger share of health expenses directly would enable hospital and doctors to discover the advantages of competing on price and quality of service.
This way lies salvation. In the long run, whatever share of GDP society decides to allocate to health care, it will get its money's worth—the fundamental problem today, Jenkin explained furthermore.
What was the undiscreditable sense of the political moment lies behind the chief justice's opinion? Jenkin said, The court's job, he wrote, is not to "protect the people from the consequences of their political choices." He may have meant: The chief justice's job is to get the court out of the way while the body politic still remains suspended between recognizing the unsustainability of the current welfare model and deciding what to do about it.
Finally, Jenkin said, “This was always the fatal problem of ObamaCare. Reality could not have instructed President Obama more plainly: The last thing we needed, in a country staggering under deficits and debt, a sluggish economy and an unaffordable entitlement structure, was a newentitlement. The last thing we needed was ObamaCare. The nation and the times were asking Mr. Obama to reform health care, not to double-down on everything wrong with the current system.”
The High Court’s successful upheld on ObamaCare, suggests failure of President Obama —as Jenkin puts it “and it's not as if there wasn't a deep well of policy understanding in Washington that he could have drawn on to take the country in a better direction. Regardless of any Supreme Court ruling, reality will pass its own judgment on the Affordable Care Act and it won't be favorable.
In the ensuing week, America will celebrate its 236th Independence Day on July 04, 2012. Having gotten a Supreme Court’s total upheld in its entirety, ObamaCare sets the whole American nation after 236 years of its existence to cater to the needs of a “welfare state” by virtue of the Affordable Care Act.