I have been watching tweets and getting emails on my thoughts on whether the Affordable Care Act will be struck down. After reading excerpts of the transcripts I thought it would be upheld 6/3 as it seemed that Kennedy and Roberts were looking for a reason to back it.
After listening to Toobin on CNN today but not yet reading transcripts many seem to believe at least the mandate is dead. These are life and death decisions.
That said, if the law falls it is incumbent on the citizens to elect a Congress that will support a single payer system (Medicare for all) which puts all Americans in one risk pool. That will ultimately bring down the cost for most in the middle class as opposed to the corruption of the pool of people insurance companies use today that continuously discard the sick.
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As the U.S. Supreme Court hears oral arguments about President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act, our readers are making some arguments of their own. Some are even protesting. Comment below and share your thoughts and ideas about health care.
We’ve been hearing from several readers, including a bunch of iReporters, about this measure.
"We need universal health care," says Matt Sky of New York. He suggests the insurance companies have a conflict of interest when treating people. Jannet Walsh of Murdock, Minnesota, says she likes the law in theory but is unsure that people will be able to pay for it. Houston, Texas, resident Vera Richardson says we’re already required to purchase auto insurance, so why not health insurance?
k3vsDad: "I say no to this being a federal mandate. To me this is a violation of the 10th Amendment. This is an issue that should remain with the states. The states have a much better handle developing health care programs tailored to their citizens. One size does not fit all. Every time the federal government overreaches, it is never better, but worse. Give health care back to the states."
Egberto Willies of Kingwood, Texas, says he believes Obama’s plan was a compromise, and he might even like to see it go further.
"I am of two minds. Sometimes I want the mandate struck down in order to speed up how soon we will ultimately get Medicare for all (single-payer health care). But then given the lack of congressional competence, I then revert back to doing this in pieces starting with the current bill."
These two comments represent the debate pretty well.
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