Supreme Court Decision Won’t Change Basic Facts

According to a new Pew Research study, 56% of the public disapproves of the individual mandate requirement; 41% approve. As three days of arguments wrap up today before the Supreme Court on whether a mandate is constitutional, there are some issues that are not going to go away, regardless of the justices’ final ruling.

As of today, we don’t know how the nine individuals on the nation’s highest court will rule on the mandate and other aspects of the Affordable Care Act. The Supreme Court decision will shape our history –– we can continue to limp along and provide an expensive, ineffective, sporadic health delivery system that favors the wealthy and privileged, or we can take a stand and tell the world that in the long run, the collective health and well being of our citizens overrides individual preference. It’s been done before.

We don’t tax our citizens at 50 percent or more to cover national health insurance — if we did, imagine the outrage. We still have a free market system in place. Health care is one service that everyone will need at some point in their lives — often unexpectedly. What if you’re the one that has to wait 10 hours to see an emergency room doctor in a county hospital because you just lost your job, and your health coverage? What if your child was sick, but you couldn’t afford to take her to the doctor?

How would you feel if you knew there was a treatment for your cancer but your insurance company refused to pony up?

The Affordable Care Act is not a panacea. It forces us to make some tough choices, and swallow some ideas that maybe we’d rather not think about. On the other hand, it’s a heck of a lot more than we had two years ago — and at least lays some groundwork for “health care for all.” No one should have to go without care.

Just my opinion on a humanist and ethically correct approach.

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