Woke up this morning feeling a little deflated. The day we leave our beach vacation. But then, by 9am, cheers of celebration. Obamacare stands! With a nod of approval from the Chief Justice, at that.
Was funny - and telling - to see Faux News incorrectly report, ahead of the other stations, that the Supreme Court had overturned the health care law (with a loud, off-camera sigh of relief by T. Blossom, at least that's who I think it was). And then have to back track and report that the health care law was actually upheld (with some tweaking).
I hadn't known this until today: The Supreme Court is there not to merely give an up or down on the constitutionality of the law in question but to find a way to uphold the law by revising. And that's just what Chief Justice Roberts did.
What a relief. When you're both self-employed like my husband and me, and not one, but three family members have pre-existing conditions, maintaining health care insurance is a major expense and an even bigger source of anxiety. Obama's health care law has been a very good provision as far as we are concerned. No pre-existing exclusions? Check. Coverage for dependents until the age of 26? Check.
And to all those follyticians (Bush, Perry) spouting off that the answer to affordable health care is medical tort reform? Wrong. Recent study found that Texas 2007 tort reforms did not reduce health care costs nor did they lead to the influx of doctors to practice medicine here. A previous study found the same.
So to my way of thinking, the failure of the promises of tort reform is just another compelling reason to give Obamacare the try it deserves.
How about you, reader? How did this morning's decision affect you?