Even before it was made into law I wrote that the mandate in the Affordable Care Act was unconstitutional. It was a giveaway to Big Insurance making sure young, healthy people who didn't want health insurance HAD to buy it so that Big Insurance could take their money FOR NOTHING.
I called it the Fascist Healthcare Bill because it was. It was written by republicans, centrist Dems and insurance industry insiders. I have opposed it since before it was even voted on.
Yesterday a judge in Texas ruled with 18 states that the mandate is unconstitutional in spite of the fact that the Supreme Court has already ruled it is constitutional based on the flimsy excuse that the payments count as a "tax" on the people of the nation.
Paying a "tax" directly to Big Business is just fine with the Supreme Court. Why not, right?
"In a ruling released Friday evening, a federal judge in Texas sided with states arguing that key provisions of the Affordable Care Act or "Obamacare" are unconstitutional. The decision is almost certain to be appealed, but creates new uncertainty for the country's healthcare system.Texas led 19 states arguing that the individual mandate — the requirement that everyone must have health insurance — is unconstitutional, after Congress gutted the key portion of the mandate, the tax penalty for not buying coverage.U.S. District Judge Reed O'Connor in the Northern District of Texas agreed with those states and ruled the individual mandate unconstitutional. Because the mandate is an essential part of the ACA in the judge's view, that led him to rule that the entire health law should be struck down..." Business Insider
The expansion of Medicare and Medicaid was optional, up to the individual states to allow it. The provision requiring Big Insurance to provide coverage to folks with per-existing conditions was flawed due to the fact that they could still charge a lot more to those folks who have the conditions.
And in the end, I know a lot of people from my time writing American Everyman blog who told us horror stories about friends and relatives who were CRUSHED by the expense of the coverage, WHICH THEY STILL COULDN'T USE DUE TO EXTENSIVE COSTS.
If this kills fascist, ultra-right ObamaCare, so be it.
Like Dennis Kucinich said the day before taking a ride with ObamaGod and getting his mind right: