The Supreme Court’s decision on the Affordable Healthcare Act has stirred up emotions and disapproval, some alarm and derision, specifically from the Republican Party. Though the ink is barely dry on the document, what is clear as Economist Prof. Robert Reich states it is that the Supreme Court serves a role outside the range of politics. The dissension and political positions that have been taken forecast months of contest, unclear promises and threats of rethreading the whole measure in these months preceding the presidential election
However as Robert Reich sees it, the victory: Justice John Roberts and the Supreme Court have fulfilled their role of operating well for our system of government. Dr. Reich emphasizes that Alexander Hamilton wrote in the constitution, that the Supreme Court is the least “dangerous branch of the government.” The Supreme Court has neither the “purse nor the sword” but functions outside the range of being an instrument of political partisanship. The purse being the Supreme Court does not have the power to withhold public funds. The sword being the Supreme Court does not have police or military to back up their decisions. Rather, the Supreme Court relies entirely on “the trust and confidence of its citizens.”
75 years ago, another Justice Roberts voted to legislate the New Deal in March 1937, Dr. Reich reminds us. Justice Owen Roberts joined the 4 liberals in legislation of the New Deal with Franklin D. Roosevelt. By their switch, both Justices rendered the court as non partisan, and demonstrate the Supreme Court functions out of reach of political suasion and pressure.
That the Affordable Healthcare Act needs improvement is unchallenged by Economists, and Reich himself who sees that AHA doesn’t do enough to control increases in healthcare with the cost of healthcare being “18% of the NLP.” There’s no question of the challenges ahead with the coming of age of baby boomers need and use of medical care as they age. But as Professor Reich points out, the Social Security, Medicare and other programs in the New Deal in 1937, began with the need for improvement and development. But this will be a process undergone by a society that needs to gain a footage in providing healthcare for all Americans many supporters feel in the face of the opposition. A starting point for universal care.
With all that is in the media today, be sure you read some of the editorials by people directly affected by the Supreme Court ruling. There are children and their parents people who have been quite alone in their struggle to be included in any health care program who can come forward to seek what they need. Truly, the Supreme Court’s decision brings new hope and new possibilities to many, many people. Like the folks under 25 who have been able to be in their parent’s coverage, already operating from the Affordable Healthcare Act.
It’s really important for each of us to measure the reactions and responses to the Supreme Court Decision as not just political or positioning. It’s really good to remind ourselves that real human beings and real human problems are at the heart of this ruling, and for many a real solution to problems we all will face in one form or another in getting the healthcare we want and need.