The Supreme Court’s decision upholding the Affordable Care Act was a moral victory for those who believe every American should have a head start and a healthy start in life. For Americans with preexisting conditions, for women and small-business owners (myself included), this law helps to reduce our deficit; once all of the provisions are implemented, the ACA will help provide a lifeline to 30 million Americans who are living without health care.
Many predicted the decision would be decided on partisan grounds. Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. must be given credit for rising above partisanship; his opinion reflected deep thought and a concern for precedent and legal reasoning. Ironically, he is being castigated by some on the far right for his commitment to judicial restraint.
President Obama and his congressional allies risked much politically (and personally) to fight for “what is right for America.” The political battle is far from over, but as Americans learn the truth about Obamacare, support for the act itself, because of what it does, will grow. Social Security, Medicare and now the ACA — steps in “providing for the general welfare” — are steps toward “a more perfect union.”
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