Well, color me shocked. MSNBC is reporting that the Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) today in a landmark decision that’s sure to leave the radical right wanting blood. Chief Justice Roberts, a Bush appointee, actually did the right thing and resisted pressure from the right to rule in the expected 5-4, conservative-leaning split that we’re all accustomed to (bad grammar). There will be a lot of billionaires v-e-r-y unhappy and budgeting for their next move. Justices Scalia and Thomas must be livid. All that plotting and scheming for nothing!
This is a great victory for Obama. The radical right counted on winning this to give them the momentum going into November but, sadly (snark), it wasn’t meant to be. Personally, I’d like to see changes made to the bill. Specifically, the ACA prevents discrimination against those of us with pre-existing conditions but it did not require any caps on high-risk pool premiums. That still leaves many of us without coverage because of insanely high premiums that are, in my opinion, designed to keep people out of the pool. That’s the one negative in the SCOTUS ruling that the right will claim as a victory; SCOTUS removed the requirement for states to provide Medicaid to low-income individuals. So now the insurance companies who were against the ACA publicly but privately were licking their chops will need to find a way to change the legislation. I expect to see House Republicans pass a bill on that within days (if not hours).