As Obamacare shapes up as a major presidential campaign issue, the fate of this health care law may be determined March 30 when the Supreme Court justices hold a behind-the-scenes vote.
As the fate of the Affordable Care Act, also known as “Obamacare” is debated today, March 30, by the nine Supreme Court justices, a March 29 PBS report pointed to a recent statement by President Barack Obama stating: “I have no problem with folks saying Obama cares. I do care. If the other side wants to be the folks who don't care, that's fine with me.” In turn, the PBS TV report explained how “the individual mandate is the cornerstone to this bill because it allows it requires 30 million additional people to come into the market and helps pay for some of the popular provisions of the bill, like preexisting conditions.” Meanwhile, PBS reported March 30 that even while the nine Supreme Court justices will hold a “behind-the-scenes vote Friday, it will be months before the June decision is made public as opinions are written.”
Until then, adds the PBS report, “the candidates just have to wonder how important the law will be on the campaign trail. For Mitt Romney, his plan in Massachusetts has been a central point of criticism from his GOP rivals.”
Supreme Court may overturn Obamacare
Political science and Supreme Court experts told PBS March 29 that “people are starting to think much more about the possibility of the court actually overturning this."
In turn, PBS featured a recent statement by Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the senior member of the four-member liberal bloc that’s expected to vote in favor of upholding Obamacare.
"Mr. Verrilli, I thought that your main point is that, unlike food or any other market, when you made the choice not to buy insurance, even though you have every intent in the world to self-insure, to save for it, when disaster strikes, you may not have the money," she said, adding, "I thought what was unique about this is it's not my choice whether I want to buy a product to keep me healthy, but the cost that I am forcing on other people if I don't buy the product sooner rather than later,” stated Justice Ginsburg in response to U.S. Solicitor General Donald Verilli Jr.’s oral argument in support of the Affordable Care Act before the Supreme Court.
Meanwhile, an Oregon homeless man named Pete said “I feel like I’m falling off the face of the Earth ‘cause I can’t afford to live and I need my meds. What will I do without some Obama Care or medical care now that I’m older and disabled?” In turn, Pete sits in protest while holding a hand-made sign that asks bystanders to "please help: need food and health care!”
Pete, a disabled former timber worker and a Native American, also told Huliq during a recent interview that he wonders “why people are opposed to helping others who need health care. What's there problem?"
Romney and Santorum focus on health care fight
As the Obamacare health care fight goes on, with both the Democrats and Republicans waiting to see how the Supreme Court’s decision – expected in June, stated the March 30 PBS report – will impact the presidential election.
In turn, PBS reported how Republican presidential candidates Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney have touched on the topic during their campaigns this week; with both GOP front-runners wanting a repeal of Obamacare and thus a return to the current system where poor and homeless Americans such as Pete most go on wanting.
“I guess they want to reduce the excess population by avoiding health care programs for the poor,” added Pete who said he’s Native American and suffering from diabetes and other health woes that require “meds and treatment that I can’t afford.”
Obamacare wants health care for all Americans
Meanwhile, as President Obama wants this 2010 health law to help reshape American health care and provide that health care safety net for all Americans, those who have means and health care are opposed to the plan because – said one Republican – “I got mine.”
At the same time, PBS News reported March 30 that White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said nothing will change with the current Obamacare law. “We're going to keep implementing this law. And the president was pleased with the presentation and remains convinced that the Affordable Care Act is constitutional.”
In turn, PBS quoted Rich Santorum on the campaign trail this week stating: “There's one candidate who is uniquely disqualified to make the case. It's the reason I'm here and he's not, the reason that I talk about Obamacare and its impact on the economy and fundamental freedoms and Mitt Romney doesn't. It's because he can't, because he supported government-run health care as governor of Massachusetts.”
At the same time, Brian Mooney of The Boston Globe told PBS during a March 29 TV report that: "The great irony is that I think Romney, as he prepared to run for president in 2008, thought this achievement would be a great asset to him. It's turned out to be very much the opposite in his own party."
Mooney said he covered Romney when he was governor of Massachusetts, and when "Romneycare" was popular with both Republicans and Democrats.
Meanwhile, the fate of this health care law may be determined March 30 when the Supreme Court justices hold a behind-the-scenes vote and then make their decision public in June.
Image source of an Oregon homeless man named Pete holding a hand-made protest signs stating he’s for Obamacare; while asking bystanders to please help with food or money. Photo by Dave Masko
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