The Supreme Court and health care
This week the United States Supreme Court hears arguments concerning the 2010 health care reform law. The Court could uphold the act, remove only the individual mandate to purchase health insurance, or strike down the entire law.
I’ve never understood why President Obama tackled this issue early in his first term. Nor could I understand why some sort of bi-partisan investigation wasn’t done to identify the reasons for ever-increasing health care costs, and meaningful steps to hold those costs down. Perhaps Obama felt Hillary Clinton had already done that.
So-called ‘Obama-care’ has divided the people … and premiums, co-pays, and deductibles keep going up. No one sees the importance in defining the reasons for the problems with health care, beyond citizens’ unhealthy lifestyles and an insured pool that does not include healthy young people.
We can’t expect direction from Congress or the President, so now we turn to the Supreme Court for guidance.
Our thought for today is from E. F. Schumacher:
“Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius – and a lot of courage – to move in the opposite direction.”