On Thursday, the Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act’s also known President Obama’s health care overhaul law. This law which requires that all Americans obtain insurance or pay a penalty, was authorized by congress’s power to levy taxes. The vote was 5 to 4, and the court ruled that the law is constitutional, with Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. joining the court’s four more liberal members.
Adam Liptak from the New York Time explains that the Affordable Care Act’s may be characterized as a tax, thus, certain individuals will have to pay a financial penalty for not obtaining health insurance. Chief Justice Robert wrote in the majority opinion, “that the Constitution permits such tax, and it is not the justices’ role to forbid it, or to pass upon its wisdom or fairness.”
The court however, rejected the argument that the administration had pressed most vigorously in support of the law, that its individual mandate was justified by Congress’s power to regulate interstate commerce.
The court also considerably limited the law’s expansion of Medicaid which is a federal-state program that provides health care to poor and disabled individuals.
According to Adam Liptak from the New York Time, the decision was a victory for Mr. Obama and Congressional Democrats. This verdict affirms the central legislative achievement of Mr. Obama’s presidency.
We can say that where others have failed, Obama health care plan is so far have succeeded. This plan is pushing through, and it will ensure that millions of uninsured Americans get basic health coverage. However, there is a catch according to the cbnnews. If Obama does not win a second term in November, he risks losing both the law and the core of his legacy; since republican Mitt Rommey will try to gut the law and impose something else. Thus, all the rest of what Obama accomplishment will fall under dimmer view of history to one-term presidents.
The Association of Maternal & Child health Programs (AMCHP) explains that: “health insurance coverage accesses quality health care services, and public health promotion and prevention programs for all women, children, and families are vital to assuring a healthy America. Thus, the Supreme Court ruling removes much of the uncertainty that many maternal and child health leaders have experienced in implementing certain provisions of the Affordable Care Act including protection for children and youth with special health care needs, the promotion of essential health benefits, access to medical homes, expended evidence-based visiting programs, and teen pregnancy prevention programs.”