Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Stickin' It To The Man[date]
As the Supreme Court began the third day of discussions about the Affordable Care Act, known to it's detractors as "Obamacare," "Obamneycare," or "communism." At this stage, it would seem that the Act's cornerstone provision to require most Americans to have health coverage may be in jeopardy. However, the justices have indicated that parts of the law may be allowed to stand or be rewritten by Congress. Of course, if the mandate is removed, the pool of insured people shrinks and many of the cost-saving strategies of the law will vanish, almost certainly putting insurance companies back to weeding out sick people from coverage plans. Many see the potential rebuke of the mandate to be politically disastrous for President Obama, since the Supreme Court has not knocked down such cornerstone legislation since provisions of the New Deal were ruled unconstitutional in Franklin Roosevelt's first term. Roosevelt never recovered from that blow, and was only elected to three more terms as President.