by Tom Tomorrow
Recently, the Supreme Court has been hearing arguments for & against the 2010 health care law, The Affordable Care Act.
The country has to wait until June 2012 to see whether the Court upholds, or rules against part or all of the law. The hang-up is on the idea that the government mandating people to get health insurance is "un-constitutional".
The preamble of the US Constitution states:
"We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America."
It's the government's responsibility to promote the general welfare, and what is more fundamental to the welfare of society than it's health?
Anyway, regarding this pending decision, I agree with the premise of this article I saw on TPM:
A reversal in the health care law might be a major pain in the ass at first, but the backlash might lead to a more progressive health system in the long run.
I've always believed that there's no reason that an employer should have anything to do with health insurance coverage of its workers.
Business should be completely out of the equation.
I'm totally socialist when it comes to health care. The federal government should be THE single-payer in some kind of universal health care system, without private health insurance companies.
Hopefully, one day we can start to unravel the absurd systems that cause such staggering inefficiencies & unnecessary hardships into the functioning of society.