Justice Roberts saved the system this week by exercising precise judgment, respecting both Congress and the President, and then throwing the law back to the parties for reconciliation.
“On one of the most politically charged cases in years, the chief justice chose to exercise the leadership that goes with his position. He may have protected his institution at the same time. The members of Congress have not done that very often in recent years. That is one lesson they can take away from the court’s historic ruling.”
Reconciliation means for Congress to address how to make the law achieve desired results:
- Affordable health care for all Americans
- Purging unnecessary costs
- Achieving care for everyone at an average unit cost that is lower than today
Republicans want to repeal the law and do nothing or what isn’t clear. They criticize the policy that includes a mandate for participation.
Justice Roberts didn’t endorse the policy that he defined as a tax. Every benefit and service provided by government has a corresponding tax as that is how they are paid for.
Ideally, in a capitalist free market system, there would be sufficient opportunity for all Americans to get jobs and to achieve an acceptable degree of self-reliance. That simply isn’t that factual circumstance because:
- The aristocracy owning and operating the “free-market” doesn’t always produce fair outcomes,
- Not everyone has the same starting position, means, and capacity, and
- Some are in such dire straits for a multitude of reasons that they require assistance.
So the message to politicians is work it out, do your jobs, and if you are so far apart on the defining the fundamental rights of citizens for a good life, you had better consider drafting a manifesto.
“Roberts’s health-care ruling sends a message to politicians
By Dan Balz, Updated: Saturday, June 30, 12:46 PM
Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. delivered more than a historic ruling with his opinion upholding the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act. Deliberately or not, he sent a message to politicians about the importance of protecting the vitality and reputation of public institutions.
That’s a message badly needed in Washington and nowhere more so than in the Capitol building that sits across the broad lawn from the Supreme Court. Congress is an institution designed to represent the people. It has become a body where too often its members act as if they represent only Republicans or only Democrats. No wonder so many Americans hold it in such low regard.