Bad law leads to difficult decision
While the decision to uphold tax deductions for both state and federal insurance marketplaces has ripped the wounds of conservatives and liberals wide open anew regarding Obamacare, we hope the Supreme Court’s decision sent a message.
Obamacare can be disposed of but only if another health care system is ready and able to take its place.
In writing the majority opinion, Chief Justice Roberts made a few things clear. The health care law is poorly written, was rushed through Congress in an unusual fashion and, as such, ended up filled with ambiguities.
Unfortunately, the Supreme Court is not in the business of rewriting the intent of Congress and creating law.
The decision, upsetting though it may be for those whose hopes the bad health care law would be repealed, went the way it had to. Roberts notes the intent of Congress was to improve health care and to rule in a way that benefited some but left others out in the cold could have created the “death spiral,” the aspect of this perhaps well-intended but misguided law to create a system that ends up with out-of-control costs and leaves fewer people able to afford coverage.
We see opportunity for the upcoming elections here to have sincere and reasoned debate about health care. Hammering employers and those already covered by coverage they wanted to cover people who may or may not want coverage, while forcing people to buy a product by law, remains a troublesome issue.
While statistics show a decrease in the number of the uninsured (it’s still around the same level it was when a nationalized health care system was discussed during the Clinton administration in the mid-1990s), the nation continues to spend more per capita on health care.
And wellness isn’t exactly pushed as a requirement for all of these must-have-by-law insurance plans. The nation continues to grow more obese and unhealthy while being presented with insurance that struggles to cover increasing costs in the health care field.
Somehow, all of that needs to be changed, by law, with a public debate, not a rushed through at the 11th-hour vote as was the case with the Affordable Health Care Act.
And that means if conservatives have a plan, the election season of 2016 would be a good time to unveil it and bring it home.
It would be good to see rulings from the Supreme Court about a well-written, unambiguous law instead of Thursday’s ruling, made only to prevent a sloppy law from creating further damage.