On June 28, 2012 the Supreme Court voted to uphold the majority of the Affordable Care Act. Controversial across party lines, the act puts a greater burden on small businesses, cuts medicare benefits, and increases the national health expenditures, just to name a few highlights of the more than 2,000-page bill.
The Republican-controlled House of Representatives voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act, not just once, but thirty-three times since it received President Obama's signature in March 2010. Surprising conservatives and liberals alike, the law was upheld by a 5-4 vote of the Supreme Court. Many did not expect the bill to be upheld, nor did they expect Chief Justice Roberts to side with the court's liberal wing. But now that it has passed, many are asking, are all these repeals worth it? Where could this possibly go this year. Democrats and othersupporters of the bill are calling the move a political charade since the law has no chance of being repealed as long as Democrats control the Senate and the White House.
John Boehner (R-OH), Speaker of the House of Representatives had this to say the day before the ruling, “We’ve made it pretty clear and I’ll make it clear one more time: If the court does not strike down the entire law, the House will move to repeal what’s left of it.” He continued, claiming, "Obamacare is driving up the cost of health care and making it harder for small businesses to hire new workers.” Yes, this does send a clear message that no matter what the odds, or how long it takes, we are going to stand for the justice and liberty of Americans. It's clear and it's bold and it's exactly the stance we need.
The court did not find that the individual mandate is constitutional under the Commerce Clause. However, under Congress's authority to collect taxes, the court deemed the individual mandate a tax, and upheld the mandate. It's the same set of laws with different verbiage. No matter what you call it a mandate, a tax, or a nice breeze; it's still clearly taking liberty away from Americans. Any bill that asks for your money along with your trust that your money will be used to take care of you in a way that you would want--should send red flags. Repealing this act sounds less like a political charade and more like a needed wake up call. It's about sending a clear message to Congress that we are against the private sector deciding what to do with our money even it comes with a promise of being "taken care of."
Twenty-eight states have filed actions in federal court challenging the constitutionality of the PPACA. This sends a clear message of how the majority of America feels about the bill. The thirty-three times the Republicans have voted to repeal the health care act since it was initially signed in March 2010 is not only encouraging but necessary to the welfare of our nation.
Of course it's appropriate to repeal the health care act. When is fighting for liberty and justice not worth fighting for? Even Democrats who support the health care act, admit there are parts of the law that need refining. Refining seems a bit of an understatement but my hope for the rest of America is that they would join the other 28 states and be stirred to action to fight to keep their liberty. Liberty is a lot more costly than health insurance, history will most assuredly prove that.